Author archives: Iryna

Gluten Free Crumpets Gluten Free Crumpets
  • Gluten Free Crumpets

  • A friend from England told me about crumpets. Initially amused by the name, I was looking at recipes online and realized that these are just like the oladushki my mom made in Ukraine when I was little. My first attempt at making the oladushki (i.e. crumpets) was a disaster, so the next time I tried to put my own spin on it with coconut flour. I also m[...]
Kitchen Update Kitchen Update
  • Kitchen Update

  • One day in July I set down at my dining table to study with the direct view into the kitchen. All I could focus on was the red wall color, which has bothered me for almost four years. We have not repainted because I kept thinking we will do a kitchen remodel, replace floors, cabinets, countertops, and at the same time will repaint. But four years later a[...]
Colombia: Vlog Colombia: Vlog
  • Colombia: Vlog

  • https://youtu.be/lPJSBQNqFrk Colombia Blogs: Colombia: Bogota Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe Colombia: Cartagena Colombia: Palenque
Colombia: Palenque Colombia: Palenque
  • Colombia: Palenque

  • Palenque On the second afternoon in Cartagena our group headed to Palenque.  Palenque is a village about an hour from Cartagena. Cartagena served as the main slavery port for the Spaniards for many years. This article does a great job describing some of the history of the slave-trade in South America. The village is a very unique and special [...]
Colombia: Cartagena Colombia: Cartagena
  • Colombia: Cartagena

  • After Medellin, our last few days were spent in Cartagena. Cartagena was different from both -- Bogota and Medellin. The warmest city of the three with cruise ship unloading passengers after passengers, Cartagena is also the most touristy city. The city is divided in two parts: the old town, signified by the old walls, and the new town, signified by Miam[...]
Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe
  • Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe

  • From Bogotá our group flew directly to Medellin; or rather to Rionegro, a small town about 45 minutes away. Medellin, once dubbed "the most dangerous city in the world," was a lot of things, poor, rich, hot, messy, clean, classy, trashy, posh, hipster... It immediately  felt different from Bogotá, but not at all in a bad way. Hotel I somehow manage[...]
Colombia: Bogota Colombia: Bogota
  • Colombia: Bogota

  • After Germany, my life took me on another journey, now for work and down to South America. I've been to Mexico, but this was my first time visiting South America. It was a group trip and most of our agenda was pre-determined, which worked out great, since I didn't have much time to research the country. First on the agenda was the capital, Bogotá. Hig[...]
Germany in May Germany in May
  • Germany in May

  • As tradition has it, a quick clip to summarize the trip. I have no idea what the rap says, hopefully it's nothing too offensive. 😂 https://youtu.be/CROZ72W3gVQ Munich: http://www.redbarberry.com/germany-in-may-munich-munchen/ Berlin: http://www.redbarberry.com/germany-in-may-berlin/ Hamburg: http://www.redbarberry.com/germany-may-hamburg/ Fl[...]
Germany in May: Flensburg and Glücksburg Germany in May: Flensburg and Glücksburg
  • Germany in May: Flensburg and Glücksburg

  • Finally, the real reason I came to Germany, was to see my friend say, "I do!" Or whatever the German equivalent is... Ya!  The train ride from Hamburg to Flensburg was uneventful, there were plenty of empty seats available, reservations were not needed.  My friend, Jan, picked up Olga and me from the train station to go to Glücksburg wh[...]
Germany in May: Hamburg Germany in May: Hamburg
  • Germany in May: Hamburg

  • Let me just start out by saying that Hamburg is extremely underrated. When people think Germany, I usually hear about Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt. But the minute we stepped out from the train onto the local subway, I knew Hamburg would be special. Unlike Munich and Berlin, I immediately noticed the diversity in people, not just racial, but in the way p[...]
Germany in May: Berlin Germany in May: Berlin
  • Germany in May: Berlin

  • After Munich, my journey took me to Berlin. I would have loved to take the train to Nuremberg and then Dresden, but time was limited. Besides, my amazing cousin, whom I have only seen once in the past 15 years, has agreed to conduct a great bus journey from Kiev to meet me in Berlin. I was over the moon excited to see her! And now I had a dinner buddy! [...]
Germany in May: Munich (München) Germany in May: Munich (München)
  • Germany in May: Munich (München)

  • In May I got a perfectly good reason to travel abroad - one of my best friends from high school, who now lives in Germany, was getting married! I was over the moon happy when I received an invitation to the wedding and knew I had to make it happen!  First, I was so excited my friend found a woman he is now happy to call his wife, and second I wanted to u[...]