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Svetlana Makusheva

Adventurer, dreamer, free spirit with a passion for yoga, music and photography ❤️✌️🕊 Russian born from London, UK📍Vietnam🌴

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I haven’t posted much since arrival to Vietnam. The journey from Luang Prabang was “memorable” (see the previous post) and when I eventually made it to Hanoi after the 25+ hr journey, the taxi driver just left me in the middle of nowhere as got frustrated by the traffic. 🤷‍♀️ To find the way to hostel with 35 kg of luggage (still working on minimal packing 😏) at night and a flat mobile battery was another challenge. The combination of travel fatigue and the heat left me completely drained for the next couple of days. Now I’m back on track and absolutely in love with this beautiful country ❤️ More posts to follow 🔜 #motorcyclediaries #vietnam #visitvietnam #solotravel #russian #positivevibes #backpacking #asia #travelgram #sapavietnam #sapa #love #lovelife #onelove #weareone #bucketlist #followyourdreams #travelblog #traveltheworld at Sa Pa

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It’s 5 a.m. and I am on a 24 hr bus journey from Laos to Vietnam. It’s been pretty rough so far: the bus wall next to me is broken and the dust from outside comes through. The bus is so packed that people sleep in a VERY narrow passage for walking. Some random guy just laid down on the floor next to me, so we are literally touching shoulders. And when I thought it can’t get any “better”, someone started puking really loud 😳 Travelling is not always easy and glamorous as it may seem by looking at the pictures. Sometimes you get covered in dust and mud, there are long and exhausting journeys, palm sized spiders on the toilet seats (if you are lucky to have a toilet seat at all), there are disrespectful dorm mates, screaming geckos who methodically poo on your bed (geckos, not dorm mates)... 💩 I can carry on this list to infinity BUT travelling also opens your mind and heart, makes you internally reacher, forces to learn about the World and yourself, boosts creativity, increases your faith in humanity, makes you happier and so much more than that. So it is completely worth it! ❤️🌍🙌 #followyourdreams #travelgram #traveltheworld #bucketlist #wanderlust #explore #solotravel #travelblog #travelblogger #lovelife #onelove #positivevibes #russian #vietnam #laos at Cửa Khẩu Quốc Tế Nậm Cắn .

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Kouang Si Waterfall, Laos ❤️ This is the biggest falls in the Luang Prabang area and by far the most magnificent ones I’ve ever seen! Apparently, in June the water is turquoise blue and in a rainy season (now) the falls are darker and wilder. 🦖 It was such a supernatural feeling swimming there under the rain, the feeling of ultimate freedom and oneness with the nature 🙌 #laos #visitlaos #luangprabang #kouangsiwaterfall #kuangsi #kuangsiwaterfall #kuang #waterfall #travelgram #bucketlist #followyourdreams #wanderlust #asia #lovenature #solotravel #backpacking #lovelife #onelove #russian #traveltheworld #explore #videogram #video at Kuang Si Falls

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Kuang Si Waterfall, Laos ❤️ Breathtaking cascades of water make it one of Luang Prabang’s most popular attractions 🙌 🎥 Video to follow 🔜 #laos #visitlaos #luangprabang #kouangsiwaterfall #kuangsi #kuangsiwaterfall #kuang #waterfall #travelgram #bucketlist #followyourdreams #wanderlust #asia #lovenature #solotravel #backpacking #lovelife #onelove #russian #traveltheworld #explore #pictureoftheday at Kuang Si Falls

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Plain of Jars, Laos ❤️ My guide Kong was extremely knowledgeable and fun, but had a really thick Lao accent. Half way through the explanation he said: “When building, they used semen to glue the bricks together. Do you know semen?” I looked at him completely puzzled, trying to imagine the process and thinking What the hell! 😳 He actually meant cement, but the accent was so strong! I’ve been laughing to tears 😂 #positivevibes #travelgram #laos #visitlaos #plainofjars #phonsavan #traveltheworld #lovelife #asia #solotravel #russian #travelblog #travelblogger #wanderlust #followyourdreams #explore #bucketlist at Plain of Jars

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Yesterday I’ve been exploring the Plain of Jars. 🧐 Mysterious giant stone jars of unknown ancient origin are scattered around Phonsavan, Laos and believed to be about 2,000 years old. They come in varying sizes up to three meters high, weighing up to several tons. Very little is known about the people who created it. Archeologists suspect that the jars were used as urns in burial rituals. 🌍 #laos #visitlaos #asia #wanderlust #travelgram #traveltheworld #plainofjars #positivevibes #bucketlist #unesco #lovelife #instatravel #travelblog #travelblogger at Plain of Jars

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It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world - Chaos Theory ❤️🦋 #thebutterflyeffect #butterfly #naturephotography #weareone #onelove #positivevibes #laos #visitlaos #phonsavan #plainofjars #travelgram #wanderlust #solotravel #travelblog #travelblogger #traveltheworld #followyourdreams #freedom at Ban Phônsavan, Xiangkhoang, Laos

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I’ve spent all day travelling to the small town Phonsavan, the capital of Xieng Khouang Province in northeastern Laos. I was looking at the magnificent nature along the way and the occasional villages and reflecting on my journey. I left London in March and so far visited 8 countries on this trip (30 in total). Each country has affected me on its own way: India deepened my understanding of yoga and enriched with ancient wisdom; Thailand taught the patience and living in a present moment; Papua New Guinea reinforced my belief that we are all one and all connected in the Universe, while Myanmar was purely inspirational and gave a creativity boost. Cambodia opened my heart, while Philippines reminded that whatever you do, it has to come from the heart ❤️🌍🕊 Photo by @photophangan 🙏 #followyourdreams #traveltheworld #onelove #weareone #love #lovelife #positivevibes #wanderlust #travelgram #russian #solotravel #travelblog #travelblogger #asia #sakyant at Ban Phônsavan, Xiangkhoang, Laos

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Nothing but positive vibes at the Elephant Sanctuary in Vang Vieng, Laos. 🙌 Sue, 30 year old female (left) and Noy, 35 (right) are happy, well taken care of and running wild & free here❤️🐘 #onelove #weareone #love #loveanimals #ecotourism #mindfulness #positivevibes #laos #vangvieng #bucketlist #memoriestolastalifetime #travelblog #wanderlust #solotravel #russian #spreadlove #elephantsanctuary #travelgram at Vang Vieng

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It’s been such an incredible experience to spend time with elephants at the sanctuary just outside Vang Vieng, Laos. ❤️ The elephants are not held in captivity here, but running wild and we had to attract then with bananas 😊🍌 We’ve been feeding them, applying mud on their skin and washing them and they looked happy. This is such a great alternative to other conventional tourist activities (e.g. getting hammered at the bar) as your money go directly to support these beauties. 😊❤️ Elephants have been used by humans to perform a variety of tasks for around 5000 years, but while people have consistently profited, this relationship has not been greatly beneficial to the elephants. Widespread abuse, poaching, deforestation, increased tourism, farming, and a vast reduction in habitat have all contributed to a rapid decline in elephant numbers. 😢 #onelove #weareone #love #loveanimals #ecotourism #mindfulness #positivevibes #laos #vangvieng #bucketlist #memoriestolastalifetime #travelblog #wanderlust #solotravel #russian #spreadlove #elephantsanctuary #travelgram at Vang Vieng

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This is Noy, she is 35. She is one of the elephants living at the Elephant Sanctuary in Vang Vieng, Laos. Through the long history, Laos used to be called “Lane Xang”, which means “The Land of Million Elephants”, but not anymore. Unfortunately, the population of elephants in Laos is rapidly falling and only about 400 wild elephants remaining. 😢 The purpose of the sanctuary is to protect the animals from the cruelty of labor and exploitation within the tourist industry. ❤️🐘 Video to follow 🔜 #elephant #loveanimals #onelove #weareone #laos #visitlaos #vangvieng #travelgram #bucketlist #positivevibes #elephantsanctuary #instaanimals #cute #wanderlust #memoriestolastalifetime #travelblog #travelblogger #lovelife at Vang Vieng

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I’ve finally arrived to Vang Vieng in Laos and the place where I’m staying upgraded my room to the one with the mountain view free of charge! And the view is simply breathtaking, may stay here few days longer than planned 😊There are few reggae bars within 300 meters from my hotel and on the top of everything I managed to pre-order tickets to see Chronixx! I love his music so much! 🙌🇯🇲😁 Feeling as happy as happy can possibly be, despite the rainy weather 💚💛❤️ #positivevibes #onelove #followyourdreams #happiness #lovejamaica #chronixx #love #lovereggae #lovelife #travelgram #traveltheworld #wanderlust #laos #bucketlist #solotravel #travelblog #russian at Vang Vieng

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U Bein Bridge at sunrise, Myanmar ❤️ This is the longest and the oldest teak wood bridge in the World! It stretches out for 1.2 kilometers and was built over 150 years ago. Its location is actually in the old ancient capital of Amarapura, which is just on the outskirts of Mandalay. 🙌 #tbt #throwbackthursday #ubeinbridge #sunrise #myanmar #burma #mandalay #amarapura #instatravel #travel #travelblogger #wanderlust #timelapse #earlybirdcatchestheworm #landscape #backpacking #solotravel #asia #bridge #lovelife #positivevibes #adventureseeker #wonderfulplaces #explore #travelblog #onelove #travelgram #NationalGeographicMoment at U Bein Bridge

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I’ve been wandering around Vientiane, Laos last night and witnessed a pretty bizarre scene: while passing by the embankment I saw a rat running across and jumped aside as it was unexpected. There was a Lao family passing by and the boy (maybe 5 or 6 years old) saw the rat and ran towards it, it was slippery and he felt. Then he jumped up all muddy and carried on pursuing the rat. 🐀 Eventually he caught it and started petting it like if it was a kitten! 😅 #laos #vientiane #buddhapark #visitlaos #wanderlust #traveltheworld #solotravel #travelblog #travelblogger #followyourdreams #onelove #positivevibes #lovelife #russian #travelgram #bucketlist✔️ at Buddha Park

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Early morning view over Vientiane from the top of the Patuxai Monument, which you can easily climb 🙌❤️ The Patuxai (Laotian for “Gate of Triumph”) resembles the Arc of Triumph in Paris and was dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. ➡️ Swipe for the video 🎥 #laos #visitlaos #vientiane #birdseyeview #travelgram #traveltheworld #followyourdreams #solotravel #travelblog #travelblogger #wanderlust #positivevibes #lovelife #onelove #patuxai at ປະຕູໄຊ Patuxay Vientiane Lao

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There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy. Live for the moments you can’t put into words, open your heart and be grateful for what you have ❤️ 📸 by @photophangan 🙏 #onelove #positivevibes #lovelife #followyourdreams #traveltheworld #travelgram #solotravel #travelblog #thailand #kohphangan #happiness #love #gratitude

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I am leaving Siquijor, Philippines. Didn’t take that crazy number of pictures as I did in Papua New Guinea because wanted to enjoy the present moment. 🧘‍♀️🕉 But I did put a little video together, which pretty much summarises this short but awesome part of my journey. ✌️😊❤️ #philippines #visitphilippines #solotravel #positivevibes #siquijor #onelove #travelgram #traveltheworld #backpacking #lovelife #travelblog #travelblogger #scuba #gopro #followyourdreams at Siquijor Island

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