I Made A Promise In Venice

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I had 4 days to spend in sunny and magical Venice, but I didn’t have a plan, a list of places to go, or a clear idea of what we were gonna do there. Frankly, there was no point in that. I went to clear my mind, to kill my anxiety, to take a deep breath and just to relax. I wanted to turn off the connection with the reality, to finally let myself wake up without any plans for a day, without any to do lists, without any obligations. And so I did. And  guess what? It made the whole time of living in Venice so freaking special and inspiring for me. As I was walking there, I started feeling the need to write, and not just some notes or articles, but a novel. My novel, with my characters, with their story, that I need to tell.

I always become extremely happy when I travel, but such a creative mood that aspires me to create a piece of art doesn’t visit me in all of my travels. As far as I remember last time I had this feeling of pure and powerful inspiration was back in winter 2014, when I went to Azerbaijan for a month. I was going through a major depressive episode in my life and wanted to find a direction for my future. After that trip I got my first job as a fashion journalist, started my Russian YouTube Channel, moved to Europe and started studying Journalism & Communications at my university.

Nevertheless, this time I opened a part of myself, that I was trying to find/create/make/understand, and as simple as that I set a goal and made a promise to myself: to write my novel, about my unique characters living in their own reality, with their own story that I will be lucky to tell… one day.

But for now check out my travel vlog from Venice. Hope you’ll enjoy!

Love, Leila.

Venice – The City of Love

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So, I went to Venice. Enjoyed sunny and warm winter days there, ate as much pizza as I wished, stayed in the hotel with the most gorgeous view, one may possibly imagine, forgot about all the worries in the world and just lived my happy life in Italy.

Venice is a place to go for all the romantic dreamers out there, to feel an overwhelming amount of inspiration and creativity. Trust me, after Venice you’ll feel the need to keep that sweet feeling of beauty inside, that will make you want to upgrade your life and change your priorities for you to be able to grow. Isn’t it why we all should travel more, after all?

You’ll find more photos and notes from Venice in my next post, so stay tuned!

Love, Leila.

Milan For Art Lovers

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They say Milan is all about fashion, brands and shopping, but what if I’ll tell you a little secret, it is also a great place for art lovers. Those who are always pretty much enthusiastic about visiting galleries, wandering and admiring the beauty of the things that were created many centuries ago. I should admit, that I’m one of those humans. So, as soon as I arrived to Milan I was extremely happy to finally check every single masterpiece they had there. And here I am today sharing those precious moments with you, guys. Hope you enjoy!

Love, Leila.

Говорят, что Милан – столица моды и шопинга, но, что если я скажу вам, что это не совсем так? Милан – это также рай для любителей/ценителей искусства, тех, кто может часами ходить по галереям, рассматривать все те произведения искусства, которые были созданы задолго до нашего существования. Так вот, должна признать, я одна из таких людей. Так, что как только я приземлилась в Милане, я сразу поспешила увидеть воочию все, что только могло быть в итальянских галереях. И наконец, я могу поделиться этим с вами. Надеюсь, вам понравилось!

Люблю, Лейла.

Milan, Italy

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Visiting Milan and Italy was a goal of mine, and one of my Dream Destinations for such a long time, to be honest. Can you imagine how happy I was to finally get a chance to visit the country that was inspiring me ever since I was a little girl?

Italy was exactly as I imagined it in my dreams: full of colors, sunshine, smiling faces, delicious cuisine, wonderful and beautiful language, a music to my ears, and of course Italian people with their perfect sense of style, perfect looks and an incredible energy full of life itself. For those few days, that I was lucky enough to spend there, I absolutely fell in love with Italy and Milan. My days were full of art: museums, cathedrals, Duomo Milano which is even better in the real life than I could ever imagine, galleries and cafes; everything in Milan is pure Art itself. Even though, this wasn’t the first European city or country that I visited, still Italy showed me the new side of Europe and it made me feel even more grateful and blessed to be where I am now.

But… I gotta tell you, even after falling in love with beautiful Milan I still didn’t feel that I had finally found the place where I wanna stay or the place that I can call Home now. But, so what, right? It only means that my journey goes on and new adventures are waiting for me. So definitely stay tuned for more fun and more journeys!

Love, Leila.

Милан, и Италия в целом, уже достаточно долгое время были в моем списке Dream Destinations, и насколько велика была моя радость наконец исполнить еще одну свою мечту этим летом. Италия оказалось именно такой, какой я и представляла – интригующей, лучезарной, солнечной, теплой, в целом – вдохновляющей. Итальянцы, влюбленные в свою страну, свой язык, культуру и кухню, заражали жизнелюбием и какой-то особенной добротой и жизнерадостностью, за те несколько дней, которые мне посчастливилось провести в этот волшебной стране. И хотя спустя 1,5 года жизни в Европе мне удалось побывать уже в нескольких европейских странах, именно Италия, какая-то совершенно творческая и вдохновляющая своей красотой и жизнью большого города – Милана, заняла по-настоящему особенное место в моем сердце раз и навсегда.

Мне удалось попробовать итальянскую пиццу, посетить знаменитый Milano Duomo, взобраться на его крышу и увидеть весь Милан как на ладони, пройтись по музеям и церквям, и почувствовать себя свободной птичкой, ищущей дорогу домой. Да, все еще ищущей свой дом, ибо ни один город пока не дал мне то особенное чувство “Дома”, привязанности и принадлежности. И даже Милан, безусловно вдохновивший и окрыливший меня духовно и эмоционально, не дал мне это чувство.

Но может быть, это и к лучшему, ведь значит я все еще как раньше продолжаю странствовать по свету и искать свое место под Солнцем. А значит, новые приключения впереди!

Люблю, Лейла.