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Monthly archives for October, 2011

My To Do List

My To Do List

1) For class tomorrow, Elena and I are showing a video of Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford. I need to watch it again, list active vocabulary and idioms, and then somehow get it onto a DVD that’s playable on Russian region 5 DVD players. 2) On Wednesday, I’m meeting with the same group […]

What a Day!

What a Day!

What a day, dear readers! I went out for lunch (pizza!) with one of the Finnish teachers living in the same hotel/dorm as me, and I tried another yummy warm drink traditional to this region of the world– although this time I knew what I was getting myself into, unlike with the sbiten’. This one […]

Daylight Update

Daylight Update

So, when I first arrived, I was sleeping for 12 hours a day, and waking up at 7 am regularly. I would lie in bed and watch the street lamp outside my window snap off around 7 and the orange light of night give way to the diffuse blue of day. This morning, when I […]

Gender Roles in Russia

Gender Roles in Russia

I found this when I was grocery shopping today, so obviously I had to buy it. The front says “PROTECT FROM WOMEN” And the back? “A special delicacy especially for men. Potent and sweet. Do not touch, men’s property!” Please note the little warning label in the top left corner, which says “Store out of […]

Some things are the same in Russia as in America.

Some things are the same in Russia as in America.

I should be sleeping, but I can’t make myself get off the Internet!