This beautiful word is constantly in my mind: Спасибо ( read as spacibo, means Thank you)…
This was a good year and this is the most appropriate word to say.
Last year I spent New Year’s Eve in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
I spent almost three months in Russia and it was amazing.
I discovered a rich city that looks like an open air museum, architectural monuments, impressive buildings, massive dosis of fascinating history all over the place. Beauty. The best museum I have ever visited (The Hermitage). But on top of all the aesthetical and historical wonderland, Saint Petersburg has people. I mean real people. People that even in a -27°C snowy-icy-windy-freezing weather finds smily kindness to give you helping guidance, information, directions. The Russian people seem very serious and cold at first, but give them a little sympathy and gratitude and in return you will find funny, beautiful, generous friends. I had a blast. I was so overwhelmed by every place I visited and every person I met, that I began to feel like home. Yes. Russia can be messy, unorganized, decadent and corrupt. But nothing I haven’t seen before in so many other places, including my very own. Russia has a severe winter that is somehow harmoniously balanced with its beautiful people and warm, voluptuous culture. Of course that was my impression and other opinions might differ from mine. I made friends there that I will carry for life. I will always remember but more than that I will always dream of coming back. And I will.
It’s good to know people that you can rely on. Generosity and kindness that will remain in my heart and will always echo: Спасибо.
Спасибо Oleg, Vika, Pooh, Kate, Tanya, Galina, Mariana, Nico, Kelly, Ksenya, Igor, Liza and so many lovely people that made my time in Russia so amazing!
Artwork: When it starts to snow – 30×40 (work inspired and painted in my stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia) – AVAILABLE