The Amazon River, the boat, and dense jungle on both sides. All is silent, only the engine is revving, and you look around nervously under the earnest gaze of the Peruvian guide. Suddenly, the man smiles and points ahead. This is it. You’ve finally arrived at Iquitos. The city is hidden deep within the Amazon rainforest. On one side, Iquitos is surrounded by water and on the other lies thick impenetrable rainforest as far as the eye can see, making this city extremely difficult to reach.
When we decide to get a tattoo, we view ink on our bodies as a form of art or a trendy attribute. However, nowadays, tattoos can have a more practical meaning. They can help people cope with grief and loss and honor the memory of their loved ones. Psychiatrists claim that they can also better understand the personality of their patients while talking about their tattoos.
Cult movie images stay in our minds for a long time. Moreover, if a historical character appears on the screen, viewers become sure that this is how that person looked in real life. For example, thanks to cinematography many people are sure that Vikings were true savages who didn’t bathe and who braided their hair.
It seems like porridge, hot dogs, and pineapple have nothing in common. However, some foreigners believe that these foods are rare delicacies. By the way, for some people, caviar is something common that they eat every day while others are ready to pay thousands to try it.
Meet Marina Badianova, a 58-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, who’s turned her life into a fantasy in the most literal sense. She sews life into numerous characters, both from existing works of fiction and from creations of her own imagination. So if you’re looking for a role model who refuses to let her own senior years be boring, she’s your lady for sure.
Countries and their cultures are diverse, as are the myths surrounding them. We still tend to believe that we can meet Count Dracula roaming through the hallways of Romanian castles or that French women prefer hairy armpits. However, a thread on Reddit where people were discussing such myths has completely debunked all of these.
Michael Zajkov is an incredible artist from Russia — one look at the magical dolls he creates will have you feeling both impressed and slightly startled — because of how realistic every one of his pieces looks. He has managed to gather over 1 million followers, who all closely admire his fascinating work process and art.
Millions of tourists around the world keep visiting the same places, year after year, taking the same photos of famous landmarks. And this is because most people are simply used to doing so. But few of us are aware of the fact that some of the most popular tourist spots are not only crowded, but they also drain our wallets.
Blind Makeover is a project developed by makeup artist Oxana Trunova and hairstylist Olga Tarasova. The participants are women who want to change their look but don’t know what to get. They place their full trust in Oxana and Olga’s professional skills and say, “Do whatever you want.”
Many women may be reluctant when it comes to wearing their hair short because long hair is often associated with femininity. That’s definitely not the case anymore, and this hairstylist from Russia has managed to break this stereotype successfully. Kristina Katsabina encouraged her clients to adopt a short hairstyle, and we must say that she definitely had a good eye—the look fits them like a glove.
Ask any woman who’s visited a good beauty salon and she’ll agree that a little makeup and a new hairdo are effective ways to lift one’s mood. While struggling through everyday hassles, we often forget about how beautiful we are. Oxana Trunova, a makeup artist and the creator of “Beauty Academy,” together with hairstylist Olga Tarasova, are modern fairies who help women become more confident. And they manage to eloquently convey each of their client’s stories and character traits.
Imagine a full set of everyone’s favorite “Love is...” cartoon cut-outs but about being a parent. Katya, a dedicated artist and mom from Russia, creates amusing comics with motherhood as the central topic. She draws inspiration from her own routine and experience as a mom, and every parent can relate to the results.
We are all different, but we are united by one thing — a desire to look perfect. Oksana Trunova, a makeup artist and the mastermind behind the Blind Makeover project, and Olga Tarasova, a hairdresser, know how to transform people’s looks. This is why women from everywhere in Russia turn to them for help. The results of the makeovers are stunning.
It was 30 years ago when any mother whose kids were not hungry and were well-dressed could consider herself good. But today’s society places catastrophically high demands on women with children. Apart from their direct duties, they also have to perform the functions of pediatricians, psychologists, and early development specialists 24/7 for several years and, on top of that, suffer from the feeling of guilt for not being able to reach perfection.
Massimo Bietti is an Italian photographer who travels around the world and captures moments of children’s lives. He has already visited kids in India, Russia, Norway, and many other countries. Some of them live in the most remote areas, and each picture gives us a glimpse of their lifestyles.
More than 7.5 billion people of various nationalities live on Earth. We are taught a lot about some ethnic groups since childhood, but there are still many of these groups whose culture and traditions remain a mystery to us. Of course, modern civilization has contributed to the inevitable assimilation of peoples, some of which are gradually disappearing. But, fortunately, many of their representatives are trying to maintain their own centuries-old traditions and customs.
My name is Konstantin Deblikov, and I am a Russian cyborg. I call myself one because have bionic prostheses to replace my hands, and because I don’t feel like a “disabled person.” My life turned upside down when I lost both of my hands, and I’m learning to live my new life to the fullest. If you are curious about what cyborgs can and cannot do, and what people without hands can offer to this world, keep reading.
Hi everyone, my name is Anastasia Gulyaihina. Me and my husband are 40 years old, but we already have 14 children. No, I didn’t give birth to all of them — only to one of them. The other 13 are our foster children, who we’ve found and brought home.
Anna Romanova, an artist from Russia, knows for sure how to brighten up your clothes. With the help of a felting technique she turns loose wool into cute and realistic animal brooches that you can attach to your coat or sweater. If you attach them right above your pocket, it will look like you’re carrying a tiny fluffy fox or kitten with you, who peeps out of your pocket every now and then.
An animal clinic called Klyk, in Perm, Russia, like any other vet clinic, helps sick pets to fight their illnesses and get better. But there’s one thing that makes this clinic a special place. And it’s their furry nursing assistant who takes part in everything that’s going on with the docs and the patients.
Life is a constant battle. And this is what Comicada, an artist from Russia, makes her comics about. Her girl has to deal with life’s difficulties just like each one of us does. And a cat and coffee help her on this journey.
If Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova were modern-day celebrities and gave interviews to tabloids, when asked about the reasons why they broke up, they would most likely answer, “irreconcilable differences.” Atheism and faith, a hot temper, and melancholy — they were different in just about every aspect, including their tastes and their everyday behavior. Aside from that, almost all of Picasso’s close friends didn’t like Olga much and his mother personally advised him against the marriage.
Every year, traveling is becoming more and more affordable: plane tickets are getting cheaper, and so are hotels and tours. But do we ever think about how the locals feel when the streets are packed with visitors? Not all tourists are polite and willing to respect the traditions and historical values of a different country.
Many people can’t imagine their lives without films, but only true fans know about the features of the cast, work peculiarities, funny moments, and other little and big secrets. For example, the first ever 3D film was shot in 1922, a dog called Indiana was Chewbacca’s prototype, and there’s a film that we’ll never see since it won’t be released until 2115.
An artist from Russia named Lyuba Sobol is a mother of one son and she likes to describe her intensive parenting days in her hilarious comics that help other parents to stay optimistic. In the beginning, her characters resembled real parents but then they adapted to her style of drawing and became really unique. The artist likes to say, “The story is more important to me than the looks of a character.”
An artist from Russia, Darya Ilyicheva, draws sincere comics about relationships, her beloved job, and her cat. She puts her thoughts on paper every day and builds a world that many of us can relate to. Her comics are also full of humor, self-irony, and an amazing sense of observation.
Adopting an animal is a responsible decision that changes the dog’s, and even your own, life. Bird Born, an artist from Russia, tells a story of a dog that became a true member of his family. Together they managed to go through fire and water and Bird Born knows that each ripped pillow is worth that endless love that his dog gives him.
Kirill Potapov lives in Saint-Petersburg, Russia and is famous for his immense love for animals. Recently he started a rehab center for wolves that need medical help. Kirill provides them with all the necessary things for a quick recovery, including his love. And they respond with the same feelings.
Alexandra Chertulova is a 19-year-old artist from Perm, Russia. She takes photos of herself, processes them in Photoshop, and then constructs amazing and surreal compositions. Her self-portraits are full of surprises and mystical details. Alexandra says that through her work she explores her personality, her emotions, and her dreams.
Do you believe that there used to be a beard tax in England and Russia? Fortunately, it's no longer the 16th century. Today, we can admire fancy beards and even beard art! Mr. Incredibeard, or Isaiah Webb, lives in San Francisco, California. His beard hairdos have gained a lot of fans around the world since 2012.
The definition of beauty varies from person to person. For example, Lee Redmond from the USA started to grow her nails out in 1979. Their total length has reached a whopping 8.65 m (28 ft, 4.5 in). Not all of us can beat that record, but there are definitely other ways to show our unique personalities through our nails. Nail Sunny, a nail salon based in Moscow, Russia, became really famous on Instagram when they started to showcase their really unusual manicures.
What do you do when you see a lot of numbers, charts and the word, “statistics”? You very well may ignore them. But not today! We’ve collected some of the most interesting statistical facts that reveal a lot about the world around us. For example, did you know that around 1,700 people in the U.S. become millionaires every day?
Some museums feature things that would never normally become an exhibition item, yet people enjoy visiting them. There's a museum of funeral culture in Russia, a museum of women's hair in Turkey, and a museum of love in South Korea. When traveling abroad, we all want to have unforgettable experiences, so visiting one of the museums below may be a good idea.
No matter whether you’re an adult or a kid, you probably have your own list of favorite cartoons. Unfortunately, some kids’ shows are banned in several countries. Bright Side has found an explanation for such measures against popular animated movies.
It turns out that there are only four primary passport colors in the world, and each country has its own reasons for choosing one of these colors for the cover. Bright Side decided to find out what this choice depends on and to share the information with you. If long lines at the airport makes you feel bored, just remember this post.