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15:01 

Homemade banana bread is perfect as it is, but still I'm always trying to make it healthier, so I could eat it more often xDD This time I substituted oats (old-fashioned) for one-half of the regular flour. I also added a pinch of cinnamon. Or maybe more than a pinch :alles: I like cinnamon and well-seasoned food.

And here I can finally use a newly learned word "scrumptious" because this bread is absolutely scrumptious :chup2:

23:32 

I am a big podcast fan.

And since all podcasts that I'm listening to are in English, I think it's only sensible (reasonable?) to review them here. Most of them are about travelling, cause that's what I do and what I'm interested in.

The first on my list is The Amateur Traveler.

I've been listening to it for the last two months and I still haven't heard even a half of it. It's huge. I mean like... HUGE! It's been on air for 10 years now and there are 480 episodes.

It's a weekly podcast hosted by Chris Christensen who invites all kinds of travellers on his show and they talk about different cities or regions or countries. Usually it's one episode, one guest, one country/city/province/region/etc. But sometimes it might be two guests or none at all and Chris would be talking about one of his destinations.

It does not cover everything because an episode usually takes from half an hour up to an hour and it's just impossible to cover everything in such short amount of time. But if you have never been to a place it's even better that way. Because if it's the first time you hear about some Neverland, you do not need to know all these small details. You just need the basics and they provide it and some more. I like picking a random episode with a long and unfamiliar name like Winnipeg or Hyderabad and just embrace everything I hear.

There is one country that is covered very extensively and it's the US.
I know most of the states by name and that's pretty much it. And it's nice to learn some details about the places that I've known by name for so long. And I like how seriously they take it, how they find something worth mentioning even in the places where there is not much to see. And if there is nothing at all, they talk about the food :-D The food is always an option :-D I'm a foodie so I admire it greatly.

Most of all I like how inspiring this podcast is. And even though it is one of the most popular and longest-running podcasts about travel, it still feels very friendly and relaxed and even intimate(?). Like it's only the host, his guest, you and maybe a couple of other listeners. It doesn't feel commercialised at all which is very important to me. There is some advertisement though, but it's tolerable.

It's taken longer than I expected to write this, so I will continue about other podcasts that I'm listening to later. Stay tuned :-D

19:14 

In Amsterdam they manage to ride a bike, use a mobile phone and drink coffee - all at the same time. And not fall off the bike or cause an accident on the road. Which is something considering the amount of bikes there.

So if they can do it, why can't I ride a bike holding an umbrella? I'm sick of getting soaked wet every damn time it's raining and I'm on the bike. So why can't I? But wait! I can! And I did it today on my way home from work. It was fun. And much easier than I thought it would.

Some people were looking at me like I had just grown a second head :laugh:

11:41 

So here I am at last!

This blog is for English practice only. So strictly no Russian.

I'm sooo not used to this. I mean, listening - hell yeah, reading - yes, give me more of it, speaking - depends on the partner but ok in general. But writing in English... well, not my cup of tea to say the least.

So I'm here to make something about it! I'll probably be doing a hella lot of mistakes. I'll be butchering the language. But I hope I also will be getting better. And one day my writing will become tolerable.
Through trial and error - that's how we achieve things, right?

I doubt that there'll be any readers or subscribers here. And I'm doing it mostly for myself. But it's not closed and if you will happen to find this blog and would like to practice with me, you are very welcome.

do you speak it?

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