Georgia

Risto posing proudly in his car. As an attentive reader sees, the right light needs changing.

Risto posing proudly in his car. As an attentive reader sees, the right light needs changing.

My friend Risto has been working in Georgia (the one very very far from Atlanta) for 3 years and he’s been inviting me to visit him ever since. As he is leaving the country already this summer for a more interesting place, I decided to use the last chance and make a quick visit to Tbilisi. Continue reading

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Book Review: Mindset by Carol Dweck

mindsetThe book “Mindset” has a very interesting concept to distinguish people based on how they approach life: the ones with growth mindset and the ones with fixed mindset. The difference being that fixed mindset people believe that individuals are born with their innate abilities and intelligence that cannot be altered much, whereas the growth mindset people believe that all of the abilities that people have are bound to develop with practice.

The message of the book is how much more interesting and abundant the life is for people with growth mindset, how they get further in professional and personal life and enjoy their life more in general. The book points also out how important is to grow your children in growth-mindset perspective, for example praise them not for being intelligent, but Continue reading

Euroloppet 2/8: Apkart Alaukstam (Latvia)

The track

The track

Yesterday I skid my second Euroloppet marathon – Apkart Alaukstam in Latvia. Apkart Alaukstam is a 42 km race where you ski two laps around Alauksta lake in free style. By the way, if you are wondering why there are so many 42 km races in Euroloppet, Estoloppet and other, then the reason is simple – the organisers have been inspired by the marathon distance in running. Obviously, it is much easier to ski 42 km than to run the same distance, so ski marathon organisers try to get back by giving impossible-to-pronounce names to marathons – Jizerska Padesatka, Birkebeinerrennet, Bieg Piastow just to name a few. Apkart Alaukstam is so far my favorite in this list.

Alarm clock was set to 4:50 AM this time, but I was awake long before that. Continue reading