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С новым годом!

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Olivier, vodka, Putin's speech, family, friends, so many days off from work...Happy New Year!! :) I will spend tomorrow in the woods, in a secluded cabin, away from humanity and the drunkards! For me, 2015 was boring, some form of discontent began to arise, and there was almost no international travel. Things started out well in February with another amazing adventure in Russia, and then it would be another seven months before I crossed the ocean for a short trip to Southern France, to spend time with one of my closest friends. The face of LJ continued to change to become more and more yellow, jaundice was rampant and it seems that the era of intelligent writing and interest in travel stories is now dead. But I will continue to write and share thoughts about my journeys, social issues and cultural perceptions. My favorite photo of the year?

Here! It isn't the most flattering or glamorous, but it's the real me and where I'm most happy - in the snowy wilderness, with freezing temperatures penetrating my bones, covered in my bear hat with a camera in my hand. In these moments, I feel completely alive! Let's hope for more of them in 2016. A very special thanks to macos for organizing the most memorable adventure of the year in the Russian village, and for snapping this random photo of me.

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My most viewed story of 2015? "How to Spot a Russian", receiving 843 comments - the most in this blog's history. I wrote this post in less than 10 minutes, it required almost no brain power yet somehow fed the masses who crave yellow and banal content, which I try to keep at a minimum in this blog.

I want to thank all of you for your dedication to my stories, for enduring the long texts that I write, and mostly for providing me with so many comments, interesting discussions and observations from which I continually learn. I wish you all a wonderful holiday, surrounded by loved ones, smiling children who awake to find Ded Moroz's deliveries and a lot of happiness and cheer!

In 2016, I hope for more stability, not only in my life but for the world as a whole.

Happy New Year! How will you celebrate?

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frost78rus
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Saint-Petersburg says: Happy New Year :)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
My favorite city! Happy New Year! I hope the weather had become colder, and that you will have some snow for the holiday.
kremlin_curant
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Macos is good boy. Happy New Year and Merry Chrismas! I m gonna work in New Year's night. It sucks.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
Good? He is difficult! :)) But a friend, and I'm grateful that I've had so many amazing journeys with him! No one else likes to crawl into holes and small towns with me. :)
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fesma94
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
Darling! Happy New Year from the Holy Land ! ) I will go to the work 01/01/2016 so 31/12/2015 at 24:00 just glass of Champagne and caviar ! )

Edited at 2015-12-30 04:41 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
I don't like caviar, but I ate it on a cracker a few years ago when I celebrate New Year's with a Russian family. Then, we watched Putin on the TV. :))
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cossache
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! hope to see more lj posts from you :) as for me i'm not gonna celebrate it.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
Why don't you celebrate?
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dorli87
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! Веселих свят!))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Have a nice holiday!
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mybathroom
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
We'll be at home ))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
Will you eat Olivier salad? :)) How about herring under fur coat? Is this also eaten during the New Year's celebration? Have fun! :)
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pro100_petrov
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
С наступающим!
Удачи в новом году!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
Спасибо! Где эта фотография?
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sun_jr
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)

Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New year! I hope you will have fun.


p.s. Could you please explain your sentence about face of LJ becoming more yellow?

peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yellow - this means scandalous, or sensationalist headlines. People focus on crazy topics, become wild over political posts. Do you ever look at the main page of LJ? Almost all of the stories to which people are attracted relate to female bloggers showing their boobs and ass, fitness posts, politics and horrible stories about men and dating. :)) I prefer more intelligent and thought provoking content.
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iiiko
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Happy New Yeaaaaar!
Ураааа!!!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
Спасибо! :))
yarowind
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, Shannon! :)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Vlad! Have a great day with your family! Such holidays are always more fun with children. :)
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notabler
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
I love to see on TV a firework in London and sing Auld Lang Syne with a crowd there. We will have lamb leg (already in the oven) and rise a glas with something nice, but not a champagne, watch TV and sleep.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a nice plan! I love London, that huge ferris wheel and the River Thames! Happy New Year, Nadia!
agathpher
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too Shannon!

Don't let negative comments change your positive attitude, keep them posts coming! :)

My New Year eve will be standard: whole family together, mountains of food, presents opening right after midnight :)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I didn't know when Russians opened their presents, right after the stroke of midnight or on New Year's morning. Now I know. :) Enjoy!
e_d_w
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC)

I'll celebrate with my cat:


My family .)

peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
What is the cat's name?
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perycalypsis
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
You probably have enough social capital to convert it to the official position in the future Ministry of Communications between Russia and the US. Happy New year !
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a more interesting job than being a lawyer! :) Happy New Year to you!
justadreamer
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Вау, оливье! Сами делали? Happy New Year, Шеннон! )

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peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't make this salad! I don't like mayonnaise, so all of these traditional Russian dishes aren't appetizing for me. It is a photo from Google images. :) Happy New Year!
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