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The writer and translator Julia Shuvalova blogs about Literature, Cinema, Art, Music, and Photography. The blog is rich in illustrations, as well as audio and video material.
2023-06-01 09:55
There were many events dedicated to the International Children’s Day in Russia. Indeed children are the future of any country, all the more so in Russia due to the country’s trad… Read More
2023-05-01 20:28
Back in 2007, when I worked at my first Advertising agency, I had to research into national holidays in different countries. For example, the International Women’s Day is a day-off in… Read More
2023-03-22 19:36
A historical moment: Uganda passes the anti-gay law, to protect African children from paedophilia and LGBTQ+ The post Uganda Passes the Anti-Gay Law appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2023-03-22 11:28
On March 22nd, 2023, Belarus marks the 80th anniversary of annihilation of Khatyn village - one of nearly 5,000 villages that suffered the same fate during the Russian phase of the Second Wo… Read More
2023-03-20 20:50
The days are getting longer. I now finish some of the days in broad daylight – a far cry from the bleak midwinter. On such days I want to have my own cute and cozy balcony where I coul… Read More
2023-03-19 20:45
It’s hard to believe how many things can happen in a relatively short period of time. On March 8th, I went to see an exhibition of works of Igor Grabar dedicated to the artist’s… Read More
2023-02-23 19:16
When I was little, on February 23rd we celebrated the Day of the Soviet Army and the Military Fleet. At school, we drew pictures and gave small presents to the boys who were duly expected to… Read More
2023-01-29 20:13
In these 3 weeks I taught a lot, visited a museum, had numerous meetings with friends and colleagues, and did three excursions in my favourite part of Moscow. I visited several temples, incl… Read More
2023-01-09 20:42
The abnormally low temperatures in Moscow have brought spectacularly bright sunsets. The red glow against the frozen sky amazes and terrifies the viewer. Like I wrote a few years ago, the te… Read More
2023-01-07 18:08
I’ve chosen the religious name for Russian Christmas this year. Indeed, I wanted to stress the religious aspect of this holiday in Russia. So many people visit churches on January 6th… Read More
2023-01-06 17:50
It’s been -27 in Moscow all day on January 6th. On a day like this one wants to stay home and to watch the life going by… As I’m writing this, there are some fireworks out… Read More
2023-01-04 19:49
Minus 27 is forecast in Moscow this weekend. This doesn’t sound particularly exciting, and I’m bracing myself and my dogs. But… it’s good and wholesome. Frost is a c… Read More
2023-01-02 20:32
After January 1st Russians begin to prepare to the holiday of Nativity of Jesus Christ. It is interesting to observe the difference in traditions and approaches to the celebration of the tur… Read More
2023-01-01 20:32
My 1st of January was very silent, sleepy, calm - feline, in a word. The post It’s RabbiCat Year Again! appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2022-12-31 20:30
My 2023 was anything but uneventful. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of finishing school and the 20th anniversary of graduating from the Moscow State University. It was also the 25th anni… Read More
2022-12-30 20:44
The Christmas tree decorations stir imagination and produce the spell-binding effect on children and adults alike. In my childhood we used to set the tree on the last day of December. In fac… Read More
2022-12-29 20:08
I’m still bouncing after yesterday, and I’m excited about the new developments. I had 3 classes today, and I’m all but ready for the new year 2023. I haven’t decorate… Read More
2022-12-28 20:29
I spent today at the ArtPlay creative quarter in Moscow. I had a fantastic photo session in a studio with a photographer. ArtPlay itself is a fantastic place and I hope to have more time to… Read More
2022-12-27 19:58
It wasn’t a particularly eventful day by any account. I spent it giving final lessons to some of the students whom I will see in January 2023. But I was preparing to something more exc… Read More
2022-12-26 19:19
I spent Christmas Day on December 25th walking around Moscow. My friend and I rambled the streets in the city centre that had been decorated almost as lavishly as before. This year the Musco… Read More
2022-12-25 05:30
Christmas Day has arrived, and I want all of you who celebrate it today to have a very warm-hearted season. Please keep close to your near and dear, support each other, yet do not forget to… Read More
2022-12-24 23:22
As I’m narrating a Christmas story on the mentioned Telegram channel, I vividly realise what importance the story of Nativity had for the people of the past. Their world was indeed reb… Read More
2022-12-19 19:52
Yesterday we celebrated the victory of Argentina at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. I also attended a meeting with my colleagues when we drew a line to our 3-month course together. It was a gre… Read More
2022-12-18 20:51
Christmas Calendar is a Telegram channel dedicated to celebration of Nativity of Jesus and other winter festivals in arts throughout history The post Christmas Calendar Festival in Telegram… Read More
2022-12-18 19:44
This year there’s a lot of talk about the Transition into 5D. I don’t follow it much but I acknowledge that something is about to happen. The energy flow is palpable, and people… Read More
2022-12-17 20:49
As we’re getting closer to December 25th, and I’m going further along the list of my personal wishes for different spheres of life for 2023, I decided to add some whizz to the Xm… Read More
2022-12-14 19:56
When I started this glittering challenge a fortnight ago, I didn’t think of what I’d write in each post. Now, of course, I’m beginning to think of it; for instance, what if… Read More
2022-12-13 20:34
The show has returned to Moscow after two days of thaw. The city is falling asleep to the magical lullaby, and the lush snowflakes are gently covering the ground, and cars, and houses, and… Read More
2022-12-12 20:22
An astrologer friend and I had a live stream today when we discussed the trends for 2023. Interestingly, she said that the events of 2022 had been forecast for the year 2025, yet “than… Read More
2022-12-11 17:50
Yesterday Moscow was covered with the snow. I had to go out shopping, and both times I came back looking like a snowman. Incidentally, snowmen don’t live long these days. They last for… Read More
2022-12-10 16:55
I thought I wouldn’t write much in this post, for the picture should say it all. I feel happy and blessed, and the year ahead feels magical and opulent. Many thanks to each and everyon… Read More
2022-12-09 16:41
As time goes, I think it was the most fortuitous event to have been born on December 9th. Two weeks later there’s Christmas holiday on December 25th, and just a little later – th… Read More
2022-12-08 17:14
Decorating an Xmas tree is always a labour of love, for you cannot just throw baubles around and stick the garland on top. This festive tree is going to set the tone for the year ahead, so i… Read More
2022-12-07 18:21
I strongly believe that Xmas trees should astonish children and adults alike. Whether by their sheer size or their grandiose decorations, they should make an indelible impression, for this i… Read More
2022-12-06 17:28
Apparently, metallic silver is back in fashion, so I chose this photo with metallic bronze Xmas tree toys. There’s a couple of similar toys in the form of pine cones in my collection… Read More
2022-12-05 19:39
What do you think when you look at a Christmas tree? Do you remember your childhood or youth if you’re an adult? Or does something specific spring to mind, like a toy or a dish or a re… Read More
2022-12-04 20:59
This time I am engulfed with some nostalgia for my English Christmases. I loved the rather solemn gathering of crowds in Manchester city centre in front of the Town Hall. We all waited for t… Read More
2022-12-03 20:59
This time I am engulfed with some nostalgia for my English Christmases. I loved the rather solemn gathering of crowds in Manchester city centre in front of the Town Hall. We all waited for t… Read More
2022-12-03 20:39
Another day, another tree, this time in a traditional home setting. I had two rather dire Christmases in my life, in 2008 and 2009. If you browse the blog’s calendar, you’ll find… Read More
2022-12-02 17:27
To lift our spirits and put us in the mood for upcoming festivities, I decided to make daily posts with Christmas trees. We aren’t celebrating the festival widely due to the special mi… Read More
2022-12-01 20:49
We never like it when it rains on our parade. Yet apparently it’s quite different when it snows. Snow causes rapture and brings happiness. In many Russian cities, including Moscow, peo… Read More
2022-10-12 09:01
In the last 10 years I barely visited my friends. I was out of reach due to work; and I gave some lessons at my students’ homes, so I kind of had enough of home visits. This year thing… Read More
2022-10-05 07:39
This year I’ve got lots of classes. People want to learn English and French, two students are preparing for their A-levels, younger students are eager to acquire new skills. I’m… Read More
2022-10-04 22:19
Autumn is hesitantly descending onto Moscow. Some trees have lost all their leaves, while others – of the same kind – are only just beginning to yellow. The fall beautifully cove… Read More
2022-09-30 19:08
Russia is moving from the servile copying of liberalism to creating the Russian national state and the renaissance of the Russian empire The post An Empire Reborn appeared first on Los Cuade… Read More
2022-09-29 16:54
Following the referenda in four parts of the now former Ukraine, we are waiting for the ratification of historic documents tomorrow. The sunset tonight signifies the glimpse of hope that alw… Read More
2022-09-28 17:54
Russian football fans unite behind the team "RUSSIA". They make the support of the country and soldiers their priority. The post Football Fans in Russia Turn to the Front appeared first on L… Read More
2022-09-27 19:22
After today's attack on Nord Stream it is clear: the powers-that-be are working hard to speed a bitter end for Germany and European industry. The post The End of Germany? appeared first on… Read More
2022-09-27 18:42
The cost of maintaining the war in Afghanistan was the same for the US as is presently the cost of Ukraine. The post Ukraine is the New Afghanistan for the USA appeared first on Los Cuadern… Read More
2022-08-09 16:40
When I look at these sweeping views from my window, I feel the world belongs to me. It really is my oyster. But I have to accept my human limitations. Say, after I headed a mastermind sessio… Read More
2022-08-05 10:30
You can now follow my blog in Telegram, the link in the post. I'll be sharing old posts there, and I plan to do live streams. The post My Blog Archive in Telegram appeared first on Los Cuade… Read More
2022-07-30 15:47
Phos Hilaron is considered the first church hymn in a proper sense. It was sung every evening. In the video it is sung by the Valaam monks. The post Saturday Music: Phos Hilaron appeared fir… Read More
2022-07-30 15:17
It is indeed the time to move to Russia and to bring over your "traditional" European or American heritage. The post Time to Move to Russia appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2022-07-26 17:27
This is the view I had today from my window. You’ve seen my sunset cloudscapes before, now here’s something I occasionally see in broad daylight. My previous week was all about c… Read More
2022-07-26 17:27
This is the view I had today from my window. You’ve seen my sunset cloudscapes before, now here’s something I occasionally see in broad daylight. My previous week was all about c… Read More
2022-07-12 18:28
Today we celebrated the Day of two Christian saints, Peter and Paul. Peter was one of Jesus’s disciples who tried to emulate his master and follow him in his footsteps but couldn&rsquo&hell…Read More
2022-07-11 12:10
The storms usually come after an extended period of extreme heat. I’ve received an SMS from the agency alerting me of the possibility of another storm later today. So far I can state t… Read More
2022-07-10 19:52
The photo was taken a little over a month ago, on June 2nd, but today’s sky was exactly the same after the storm had subsided. I managed to go shopping at about the time the storm was… Read More
2022-07-10 12:52
The real conflict will see the United States against China. It remains to be seen if China will act ahead, like Russia did in February 2022. The post The United States against China appeare… Read More
2022-06-25 13:56
The photo was taken a week ago when it was overcast. Today is sizzling hot, so this gentle reminder of a summer breeze is precisely what I need. I’m doing my first proper excursion thi… Read More
2022-06-24 13:14
The City of Optimists is an account of Julia Shuvalova's life and travels in England between 2002 and 2013. The post Literary News: The City of Optimists appeared first on Los Cuadernos de… Read More
2022-05-23 18:22
One of the central Moscow rivers, the Yauza, flows near the Library for Foreign Literature. I went there today to study for my upcoming paper on Wales in painting in late 18th – early… Read More
2022-05-10 19:11
May evening is cold this year. We haven't had enough rain, so the leaves are taking time to appear. But sakura is about to blossom. The post Neighbourhood Cam: May Evening appeared first on… Read More
2022-05-09 17:35
Victory Day Parade and the Immortal Regiment have returned to Red Square on May 9, 2022. We celebrate this day with our veterans and children. The post Victory Day – 2022 appeared firs… Read More
2022-04-04 19:12
I support Russia's special operation against the neo-Fascist regime in Ukraine and its war crimes against the Ukrainian population. The post Ukraine: My Views + My Contacts appeared first on… Read More
2022-01-31 18:49
This year I have an undated notebook for long-term planning and taking notes and a dated planner for everyday life. The post The Benefits of Planning appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Juli… Read More
2022-01-19 19:57
January 19th is a fixed date in the Russian Orthodox calendar. On this day we celebrate Epiphany – the moment when Jesus came to be baptised by St John in the waters of the Jordan Rive… Read More
2022-01-09 19:11
And I don't know if I had enough rest, but I have a feeling it was good enough. And this is the most important thing. The post Winter Holidays End appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2022-01-08 15:36
Space O by Julia Shuvalova is a fictional account of David Bowie composing one of his most famous songs, Space Oddity. #bowie75 The post Julia Shuvalova – Space O appeared first on Los… Read More
2022-01-07 20:43
The Russian turn-of-the-year holidays are drawing to a close. Today we celebrated the Russian Orthodox Christmas. I didn’t go to the Mass this year, but I sent the cards to my friends… Read More
2022-01-04 20:35
Three Pleasures a Day is a nice psychological habit to keep yourself in a good mood each day. The post Three Pleasures a Day appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2022-01-03 20:44
As much as I like the concept of minimalism, I prefer to surround myself with things I love. I like Welsh and Scottish music and language, and throwing tartans around myself feels like trave… Read More
2022-01-02 15:46
New Moon on January 2nd, 2022 is the time to draw your first wishlist for the year. Read about the difference btw "I must" and "I want" and try going a more pleasant way. The post New Moon… Read More
2022-01-01 17:46
First Day of 2022. I wrote a 2,5K words article on Russian Orthodox Christmas gifts. The post First Day of 2022 appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2021-12-31 20:45
Miracles happen when you do things you love The post New Year Night 2022 appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2021-12-31 17:18
Overall, my 2021 was quite good. I am grateful for all moments. The post My 2021 appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2021-12-28 19:33
Where do you get the festive spirit from amidst the cooking and cleaning? Remember about yourself, your life, and your wishes! The post Festive Spirit and Traditions appeared first on Los C… Read More
2021-12-26 22:32
And So I Write My Life, a poetry collection by Julia Shuvalova, features original poetry in English and translations from Russian. The post And So I Write My Life. A Poetry Collection appear… Read More
2021-12-26 05:46
Paolo Conte Boogie plays a lighthearted note to Christmas weekend. Tune in and dance away with your near and dear! Merry Christmas! The post Paolo Conte – Boogie appeared first on Los… Read More
2021-12-24 23:25
A Bob Dylan cover of Do You Hear What I Hear oozes warmth and magic of Christmas season. Listen, enjoy, and be happy! Merry Christmas! The post Happy Christmas with Bob Dylan! appeared first… Read More
2021-12-20 14:10
The Russian Seasons calendar go through all 12 months in Moscow, mostly in my neighbourhood. The post 2022 Calendars Here! appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More
2021-12-09 18:37
For my birthday this year I recorded at home Let It Be, the song that I have performed since I was 13. The post Let It Be (A Song for My Birthday) appeared first on Los Cuadernos de Julia Read More

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