Eindhoven, The Netherlands

A queue to the ATM.

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Central streets.

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In the beginning of February, there is a major carnival in North Brabant province of The Netherlands. Unlike in Cabo Verde, or in Lisbon, everyone participates (not only youth).

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Leaving the center and going to the living districts.

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Some street-art appears.

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Old 3D paint.

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I’ve chosen Eindhoven for a day-long transit stay without knowing anything about the carnival. Needless to say, all hotels and even airbnb were incredibly expensive. That made me try Couchsurfing for the first stay. The process of looking for the host deserves a big separate post. Eventually, a kind woman Bertie let me an my girlfriend to sleep one night at her house.

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McDonald’s.

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I’ve seen this building on photos a lot of times, even before visiting Netherlands. Quite disappointing, it had figured out that this is clothing just a shop with a strange name “Sissy Boy”.

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In the evening, the street was completely littered.

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In the morning, everything was perfectly clean and deserted.

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Way Back from Africa. Lisbon: cosplay-carnival, sights, street-art

Lisbon is still a city of a dream…

…with its’ cosy tiled streets…

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…and its’ creative paintings…

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IMG_7610.JPG…and its’ street art…

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…and its’ cute funiculars…

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…and its’ tiled houses…

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…and its’ Christ statue…

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…and its’ magnificent architecture…

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…and its’ main square…

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…and its’ cheerful youth…

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…and its’ festivals…

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…and its’ vulgar nuns!

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Wednesday weekly post: My trip to Brisbane, Australia for IOI 2013

From now on, I introduce Wednesday weekly posts.

These posts will be dedicated to the destinations I’ve travelled to, probably, some time ago. Maybe, even, a year or two ago. The posts themselves will be about the sightseeing places, people, my adventures, namely – everything that can be connected with travelling. Are you interested? Do you want to give it a try? Feel free to subscribe to this blog, or just the tag “Wednesday Weekly Post”.

And yes, you’ve got it right – the posts will appear on Wednesdays 😉

P. S. : This doesn’t mean that I won’t post stuff on the rest of the days, if I have what to post.

Feel free to leave any feedback! I would love to read anything from you!


The first story in the line is about my trip to Australia for the International Olympiad in Informatics (wiki, official site). This trip has been a crucial milestone in my life. It changed myself, and, for example only then I’ve realized that I like travelling and I want to travel a lot. Thanks to this trip, I’ve got acquainted with very nice people from different places of the globe and got unforgettable experience.

I lived in the campus of Cromwell College of the Queensland University of Brisbane. The rooms are single.

2013-07-06 15.49.38There was a nice view from the windows to the ordinary Brisbane’s street. By the way, it was in July, so this is exactly how winter in Brisbane looks.

2013-07-06 15.49.08The venue of the contest is a large hall.

2013-07-10 16.39.07 2013-07-10 16.40.13 2013-07-10 16.40.18After the first tour of the competition, we’ve managed to go to the city with Kevin, our guide.

2013-07-08 20.12.49Brisbane is awesome. It’s really a pity I don’t live here. Regardless of the 2011’s flood, the city looked nice already in 2013.

2013-07-08 20.19.10 2013-07-08 20.21.21…and modern…

2013-07-08 20.49.52 2013-07-08 20.11.07 2013-07-08 20.59.03Characteristic feature of the developed countries: the taxophones are not broken.

2013-07-08 20.23.06The garbage bins.

2013-07-08 20.22.58 2013-07-08 20.25.12We’ve got back home by a ferry.

2013-07-08 22.08.59On the next day we went to Sunshine Coast to the sea.

2013-07-09 11.03.15 2013-07-09 11.05.51 2013-07-09 11.12.29 2013-07-09 15.06.37All belarusian participants.

2013-07-09 10.53.58 I had long hair that time.

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To be continued.

To survive in Jakarta, part. 1

It took some time to recall it all. My writing skills are poor, but if you read the whole story I will be pleased that I did all this not completely in vain.

Jakarta is not a touristic city. If you want to see Indonesia, you’d better fly to Bali or reconsider your decision. There is even nothing much to see there, except lots of museums (usually boring) and amusement parks.

I did not manage to see any of these interest places, I’ve only seen some criminal, child labour, poorness, and wounded senseless people.

How come? It all started with visiting this city on the 10-th of August. Our flight arrived in Jakarta at 5 pm, and by 6-30 pm we were ready to leave our hotel for a walk.

IMG_9731The hotel was located in Gambir district, next to some government buildings. The whole street was dark though. Later I’ve realized that it’s a common thing here, unless you’re walking on a major street with, say, six or more lanes for the autos. Even those streets themselves are very deserted, and you can hardly meet somebody but a non-suspicious young people’s groups.

We’re going now to our first destination – national independence monument. The monument is located inside a park and park doesn’t work at such late evening. Nevertheless, lots of Indonesian youth can be seen inside. Basically, they just climb over the fence or between the its’ sticks.

IMG_9720Right here, near the gates there is a night market with some usual souvenir garbage. In particular, you can buy 3 low-quality T-shirts with a bit ugly prints for 3$.

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IMG_9762The way back was just fine till the moment we’ve reached the final street, about which I’ve told you in the beginning. When only about 100 or 200 meters were remain, a sudden bike with two guys, just from nowhere appeared and then is the moment I’ve completely lost control of the situation for a few seconds. I was somehow knocked down by the bicycle, rolled the asphalt a few times, dragged the asphalt for some time and finally lying on the ground.

Here the first part ends, but the story is to be continued.

Evening photoes: Botanical garden of Singapore

Like the fountain show, botanical garden is also one of the places you can visit for free in quite expensive Singapore. The garden itself is quite large one, my iPhone’s tracker showed me that I’ve had to walk for about 10 kilometers in order to visit every place in it. It is also a great place to visit during Singapore’s midday hot, because it has a lot of sun hideouts.

IMG_0878 IMG_0893 IMG_0898 IMG_0905If you visit it, don’t forget to visit the rainforest part.

IMG_0929There’s also a very nice orchid garden. It costs 5$ to enter (or 1$ if you’re a student), but it worths of it.

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Myanmar, the beautiful

Or, as the poster at the airport states, Golden Myanmar.

Except for slums, there are also some things that can attract attention and make an impression.

So, why Myanmar was called “golden”. Outside of Yangon there are two golden pagodas. One is rather small,

IMG_0004IMG_0038 IMG_0036another is quite big and is called Shwedagon pagoda.

IMG_0072 IMG_0085 IMG_0130 IMG_0114Lots of guides provide tours in Shwedagon, but these tours are no use because guides’ English is even worse than mine.

Another pagoda is located in the centre of Yangon and is called Sule Pagoda. It is highlighted at night, so it looks nice at any time.

IMG_9896Apart from “golden” pagodas, there is also “golden” restaurant.

IMG_0284OK, enough with gold. Near Sule Pagoda there is a nice national independency monument (which photo I’ve accidentaly lost) in a nice park. Right there, there’s one of official buildings – a rare case of Myanmar building that looks good.

IMG_0311 IMG_0312At last, on halfway to Shwedagon Pagoda, there is a nice park where you can find the “golden” restaurant that I’ve mentioned above.

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