new experiences

In December I got an interesting experience – gave my first real interview. Kristian Rafn and Byens Film Akademi are trying to help creative people to get some exposure and exhibit in their space in Dronninglund. I feel lucky I met them (thank you P. and A.):) It is a bit scary to stand in front of the camera and talk to it, when it remembers/records everything and is not really saying anything back, so I felt a bit shy and too exposed. On top of everything, a cold played an ill joke on my voice – so I felt a bit unprepared. But I think it actually turned out quite well. I really value this experience, now I know that there is nothing really scary/painful about it and I think if I have a similar opportunity in the future, I will feel more comfortable. For now, I get very positive feedback from my friends and it feels very encouraging, plus, I’ve got a bit of marketing material for myself – a very pleasant bonus. Thank you all 🙂

From of the latest news: I’ve started teaching watercolour and drawing to a 10-year old girl. Another curious experience – I am amused. It is a fun challenge for me, and it feels quite rewarding, too. I think I will write more on this topic in the future.

В декабре мне довелось познакомиться с ребятами, которые пытаются помочь творческим людям, и мы вместе записали небольшое интервью. Было страшно и волнительно: немного неуютно говорить в камеру, которая внимательно слушает, все запоминает и в то же время не говорит ни слова. Плюс моя простуда изрядно посадила мне голос, нy да ладно. Мне кажется, я все равно более или менее справилась. В следующий раз буду знать, что ничего страшного в этом нет, никто не кусается, и буду вести себя расслабленнее. А пока, друзья реагируют позитивно, и мне очень приятно. И теперь у меня есть немного видеоматериала, что тоже очень полезно для продвижения 🙂

Из последних новостей: начала преподавать акварель и рисунок 10-ти летней девочке. Очень интересный опыт – по-своему не просто, но мне очень нравится планировать уроки и придумывать задания, я думаю, еще вернусь к этой теме.

cozy routines

Autumn is passing by and I never have my good camera when I need it.

This autumn is different, for the first time in years I’m not in a crazy rush or in some study depression). I started going to a watercolour course. It’s quite an experience, probably, mostly because it’s all in Danish. Feel a bit like an alien, but people seem to be nice, so I guess I did everything right=). I don’t have anything decent to show yet, but I hope in some weeks my skills will improve.

It’s so nice to sit and write something not academic-related. Or flip through the summer pictures. Oh…summer.

Thank you, September, for being so nice. Hope we’ll get some nice sunny days in October and I’ll walk the town with the camera. Love colours).


Now, some routine pics of my cozy life as a 15-hours/week employee.


One morning you wake up and see that the world is frozen. Now you rush. You skip the breakfast, shuffle on a scarf and a hat that you blindly grope in the closet so they make a hideous match with your pajamas’ trousers and a hoodie on top (Anna called my great homy outfits “Smilla’s” and she had a point) You breathe in cooled to -13 air and breathe out something close to zero, your hands in cut gloves get numb. Your neighbors look at you and think  they’ve got something to discuss at afternoon tea. You get frozen like the world around you but feel that you’re already not absolutely useless today).


It’s my forth time to write here, so seems like it’s a good time to finally introduce myself. To step out of the closet shade and show my face =) I’ve got a wonderful birthday present this year – three days in Berlin! We went there last weekend and, certainly, A LoT of pictures were taken. As my beloved camera was stolen in Croatia some weeks ago, there are many pictures of me, not mine. Especially pictures from the East Side Gallery on a very good day. The trip was not the only surprise from him. Some days later he showed me what he’d done with those tons of picure-megabytes 🙂 And here I’m sharing. I really like these images. Hello, my name is Lera.

If writing in hand is old-fashioned then I’m old fashioned

Sometimes my boyfriend says that I’m a 75-year-old lady; he is partially right. For instance, I send real post-cards to my friends, more than that, I even write paper letters – just sent one to my Korean friend today. I believe in postal magic and love the idea that there’s something to look forward to: it doesn’t come instantly, doesn’t get lost among newsletters in your email. Written letters are very real and personal, they are memories you can touch. That’s why I like them so much.

I bake.

I grow bazilicum, parsley; and just got wonderful Moroccan mint for home-made mojitos and my favourite tea.

Besides, I have a passion for writing. Not belles-lettres, no. I took literature as my B.A. major to realize that there’s no place for me among the great. My passion is more tangible: I’m in love with paper and writing in hand/drawing. That’s why stationary shops are my favorites. You don’t have trouble searching for your size; don’t get disappointed when something doesn’t fit; don’t get scared by some too enthusiastic shop-assistants 🙂 Going there is really therapeutic. <3


I’m a 100% tea-person.If I happen to drink coffee, I pour so much milk in it that it turns into milk with coffee. Quite childish, but what can I do?

I respect coffee for it’s magic aroma, and people who drink it – for their strength and loyalty. That’s why usually I prefer not to spoil it with my milk and drink tea. 🙂

Green, red, black, herb, fruit…all so beautiful and engaging. I’m absolutely fascinated by tastes and colours this drink can have. So join me for a cup of summer tea. 😉