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Monthly archives for October, 2011

One of Those Days

One of Those Days

In Moscow, we ate twice at a fast-food blini place called Teremok. The experience reminded me how wonderful and convenient blini are. So, today, when I came across a Blin Haus, or House of Blini, while doing some shopping downtown, I decided to pop in for an afternoon snack. I stepped inside to find that […]

Back to the Beginning

Back to the Beginning

Just barely over jetlag, I hopped on a plane to Moscow this weekend, for the in-country Fulbright orientation. It was a three-day whirlwind of information, emotions, new friends, and the whimsical, merciless magic that is Moscow. On Friday, we went to the U.S. Embassy, where we had a security briefing, as well as talks from […]

Spurlock in Russian is ShporaZamok.

Spurlock in Russian is ShporaZamok.

It’s 35°F here in Archangel, and everyone is talking about how warm it is. I’ve been here over a full week now, and I can no longer avoid making my first blog post from the other side! There has been a lot to adjust to, and it’s been a little overwhelming. I arrived around 8:30 […]