Feb. 18th, 2012

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As usual, stayed up all night trying to meet another deadline. I still dislike TRADOS (mostly because I have to learn as I go, in the process of using it), but sometimes it helps enormously.

So, I went to bed at about 2 p.m., slept for several hours, and then crocheted for a while, watching Agatha Christie's Poirot. This TV show never ceases to amaze me: I was quite astonished to see Adam Carter (Spooks), Mrs Hughes (Downton Abbey), and 2nd Lt Bush (Hornblower) all in one episode! It was S09E02, Sad Cypress, and it was amazing. Funnily enough, the next episode I watched (The Hollow) featured Megan Dodds, another actress from Spooks - she played Christine Dale, CIA representative-turned-Mrs Matthew Archer.

You do know that popular joke about "starting a new life on Monday", don't you? OK, I'm going to start a new life on Sunday :) This Tuesday I went to a friend for a cup of tea. I knew she'd been attending training sessions in saberfighting (it's Star Wars-style artistic fencing) since autumn, and I've been thinking about asking her the details. So I asked. And, as a result, on Sunday I'm going to my first training session. Hope I'll like it :)

And now it's time for a little meme :)
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Last summer my friend Lio (it's her nickname, of course) and I travelled to Karelia, a Northern Russian republic famous for the beauty of its nature. I'd been dreaming of going there for years, so I didn't even think twice when Lio suggested spending our vacation there. We purchased a one-week tour for the first week of August. I still have mixed feelings about the tour: on the one hand, we had a really good guide and visited a number of sites in Karelia; on the other hand, we only got 1-2 days at each location, and to say it was too little would be a gross understatement. But at least, now we know what places are worth revisiting and staying for longer.

The place I've been longing for ever since returning is the Solovetsky Islands (Solovki) - an archipelago located in the White Sea. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site most famous for the ancient Solovetsky Monastery. It was also the site of the infamous Solovki prison camp from 1926 to 1939.

And it's also a very, very beautiful and tranquil place. We only stayed on the Bolshoy Solovetsky Island for 1.5 days, and only saw a small part of it, but on our only evening there I was lucky to take pictures of a stunningly beautiful cloudless sunset.


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I really, really hope I'll find a way to go there for two or three weeks this summer.

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Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
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There's no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me...

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