Lonely in a Desert

There is a house in the middle of a desert, somewhere close to Porteville, California.

Fairy Tale House

It is a fairy tale house. What is it doing there? It might had been surrounded with green fields and gardens before the drought came. Now it’s just a cute but lonely structure in the middle of a wasteland.

The One Buck Labyrinth

This place is so weird. I would not be surprised to meet a rabbit with a hat, flying on a magic rug offering everyone the choice of two pills: a red one and a blue one . Books are everywhere. They fly out from the shelf to greet guests. They lay on tables, rest on couches, twist whimsically up to the ceiling. An endless labyrinth of shelves sprawls across 20 000 square feet, harboring  innumerable amounts of stories, facts, thoughts and theories. In the heart of downtown Los Angeles the portal to parallel worlds, The Last Bookstore, exists.

The Last Bookstore. Photographer Irina Vasilevitskaya

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Mulholland Drive Scenic Overlooks

If you still do not know why so many people want to live in LA, just take a look at this scenery
Mulholland Drive Scenic Overlooks

I haven’t even dreamed about driving through such beautiful place every day.  Continue reading

The Entirely Different Malibu

Every decent Los Angeles resident has to wear Uggs with shorts, use his own bags for grocery shopping and every weekend wake up at 6 am for a morning hike. Just in case you don’t know, a hike is a walk (or, for those who are sporty, run) in hilly areas. Demanding on stamina and miserable from consistently eating too much cheesecake, a hike can be from 1 to 15 miles long and have many variations of complexity.

Malibu Creek State Park

Recently one international team of amateur hikers went to explore some places they have never hiked before. The team consisted of an American English language teacher, a Russian photographer and a Turkish student. We expected to see frugal hills and a thin forest, but we stumbled on the beautiful Bavarian landscape, shining like a piece of a jeweled lake framed with spectacular rocky mountains. Continue reading