About Me

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Hi! Привет!
I’m the “Luda” from Adventures with Luda. 
Thanks for visiting my blog!

I’m terrible at introductions, so I’ll try to make this as interesting as possible. I’m a 20-something Ukrainian girl from California, slightly awkward and even more self-deprecating. I also love emojis.
When I was a little kid, I would always get in trouble with my parents. It happened so often that they used the phrase приключения на жопу, which is a nice way of saying “adventures for your butt” – AKA, I’m gonna kick your ass if you don’t stop right now. Everyone thought I was a little terror troublemaker, and this blog came along some 15 years after that moment.

My blog is mostly about travel, but you might run into some beauty and style posts occasionally. I love to take (good) photos, eat (delicious) food, and go on (fun) adventures. Follow along and go on adventures with me! 

What am I? I was born in Ukraine back in the 1990’s (good times) and spent the first 5 years of my life in a tiny town in the west part of Ukraine. All I remember was the bears walking down the street and drinking vodka snow and some annoying kids that I called friends. In the summer of 1999, I was unexplainably stuck on a plane and landed in SFO airport. I had no idea that 15 years later I would be back there many, many times.

For the rest of my childhood, I grew up in another small city called Santa Rosa, in California. I moved to San Francisco in 2012 to study for my degree. Somewhere in between, I became addicted to traveling. First it was a week-long trip to Mexico, which then turned into two weeks in Europe, then Russia, Japan, Egypt, and so on. My goal in life is to see all 196 recognized countries (and then some!).

I currently call California my home, but I plan to become a digital nomad and wander around Europe in 2018.
West coast really is the best coast, yo 

Where have I been?

Africa

Algeria / Angola / Benin / Botswana / Burkina Faso / Burundi / Cabo Verde / Cameroon
Central African Republic (CAR) / Chad / Comoros / Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo / Cote d’Ivoire / Djibouti / Equatorial Guinea / Eritrea / Ethiopia
Gabon / Gambia / Ghana / Guinea / Guinea-Bissau / Kenya / Lesotho
Liberia / Libya / Madagascar / Malawi / Mali / Mauritania
Mauritius / Morocco / Mozambique / Namibia / Niger / Nigeria
Rwanda / Sao Tome and Principe / Senegal / Seychelles / Sierra Leone
Somalia / South Africa / South Sudan / Sudan / Swaziland / Tanzania
Togo / Tunisia / Uganda / Zambia / Zimbabwe

Asia

Bangladesh / Bhutan / Brunei / Cambodia / China / Hong Kong / India / Indonesia / Japan / Kazakhstan / North Korea / South Korea / Kyrgyzstan / Laos / Macau / Malaysia / Maldives / Mongolia  Myanmar / Nepal / Philippines / Singapore / Sri Lanka
Taiwan / Tajikistan / Thailand /Turkmenistan / Uzbekistan / Vietnam

Central America

Antigua and Barbuda  / The Bahamas / Barbados / Belize / Costa Rica
Cuba / Dominica / Dominican Republic / El Salvador
Grenada / Guatemala / Haiti / Honduras / Jamaica
Nicaragua / Panama / Saint Kitts and Nevis / Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines / Trinidad and Tobago

Europe

Albania / Andorra / Armenia / Austria / Belarus / Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bulgaria / Croatia / Cyprus / Czech Republic
Denmark / Estonia / Finland / France / Georgia / Germany / Greece
Hungary / Iceland / Ireland / Italy / Kosovo / Latvia / Liechtenstein
Lithuania / Luxembourg / Macedonia / Malta / Moldova / Monaco
Montenegro / Netherlands / Norway / Poland / Portugal / Romania
Russia / San Marino / Serbia / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain
Sweden / Switzerland / Ukraine / United Kingdom / Vatican City

Oceania

Australia / East Timor / Fiji / Kiribati /Marshall Islands / Micronesia
Nauru / New Zealand / Palau / Papua New Guinea
Samoa / Solomon Islands / Tonga / Tuvalu / Vanuatu

Middle East

Afghanistan / Azerbaijan / Bahrain / Egypt / Iran / Iraq
Israel / Jordan / Kuwait / Lebanon /
Oman / Pakistan / Qatar / Saudi Arabia /
Syria / Turkey / United Arab Emirates / Yemen

North America

Canada / Greenland / Mexico / United States

South America

Argentina / Bolivia / Brazil / Chile / Colombia / Ecuador
Guyana / Paraguay / Peru / Suriname / Uruguay / Venezuela

TOTAL: 18 countries

Travel Timeline:
1994: Born in Ukraine
1999: Moved to the United States
2008?: Romania
2010: Mexico
2012: Netherlands
2015:
January – Dominican Republic / June – Austria / November – Russia

2016:
January – Egypt / April – Japan / June – Brazil / September – Nepal, Hong Kong, Macau
October – United Arab Emirates / November – Australia and New Zealand

2017:
January – Morocco

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3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Luda, do you have an email address where you can be reached? I’m working on a project that I think you would find very interesting and could be a great addition to. Thanks!

    1. Heya neighbor! ;) That’s so cool!! Hopefully I can visit Slovakia next year – will definitely reach out to you when I do! :)

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