I recently undertook a quick getaway to “Nawlins.” City of music, food, and amazing houses. The history of the city dates back to 1718 when the French first founded the city. It has since burned down a few times, passed to the Spanish and back to French, and eventually came…


Going on 5 months for me, longest I've gone completely quitting, without trying vapes or anything. This might be the final attempt at quitting :)


For an indefinite period of time…

Twenty nine years later I look at the country that became my new home, and don’t recognize it somedays. But hope is on the horizon.

Becoming a refugee

In 1988 when I was a 10 years old school kid, living in Baku, Azerbaijan, a conflict started between Azerbaijan and the neighboring Armenia, over…


Penfield Beach, Fairfield, CT. Photo by author

With lack of travel, I have been struggling to spark creativity with my photos. So a week ago I decided to give myself a challenge. “Self,” I said, “let’s make-up a daily challenge for a week, and get our creative juices flowing!” Below is the challenge and its results. …


Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

So your candidate lost?

I’d like to say I’m sorry about that, but that would be lying. I know lying is big for your candidate, but it’s wrong. I am not sorry he lost. In fact, I’m relieved he lost. Even more, I’m excited he lost!

I’m excited to see a new Secretary of…


I wasn’t raised to talk about mental health

Photo by Finn on Unsplash

I always enjoy my birthday in September. It’s usually still warm, and I get a few days of celebration out of it. Last year I decided to go a bit low key (for me) so I texted my sister, my brother, and my 2 cousins to join me for family…


A beach town with a great food scene

I’ll be honest, I got the idea for this article after reading “What to Eat in Mystic, Connecticut”. It’s not that I was looking to copy the idea, it’s just it hasn’t occurred to me before to write about where I live because I think at times I’ve come to…


I won’t steer you wrong, I promise!

View from San Juan Marriott balcony, photo by author

First time I visited Puerto Rico was in 2012. I was happily married family man, with a beautiful wife and a 15 year-old stepson. We traveled to Puerto Rico to escape February in New England. My second visit was in May of 2017. I was in month seven of being…

Alex Mnatsakanov

Dad to Sophie, immigrant, world traveler, amateur photographer, product manager. Instagram: @alex.mnats.travel

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