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Monthly archives for November, 2011

I really like being alone

I really like being alone

I’ve just been doing it wrong! This afternoon, after taking all my multiply-photocopied documents to the International Office, I went to a cafe downtown and sat for over an hour, spending some quality time with my journal. I really am my own best friend, and it was great to get back in touch. We reflected […]

I’m finally tired of pelmeni.

I’m finally tired of pelmeni.

This is a moment of switch, you guys. I got back from Moscow on Sunday, with 11 kg of books in my bag, and had a small breakdown regarding how far away from home I am and ┬áthe question of whether or not I have accomplished anything in the last two months. Then, I went […]

Antonievo-Siiskii Monastery

Antonievo-Siiskii Monastery

Last Sunday, I visited this monastery some kilometers south of Arkhangelsk. It was cold and bright and beautiful.

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

This week, I’ve been pondering a lot the wise words of Thomas Santos, who gave us advice on dealing with “stage two” of culture shock– the stage where the world seems to be against you and you can’t remember why you ever wanted to come to Russia in the first place, and all you want […]

This blog post comes to you in two parts.

This blog post comes to you in two parts.

Today was an interesting mix of horrifying and wonderful. Part I I woke up at noon, refreshed after last night’s evening of pampering myself with an unnecessary shower, candles, wine, and delicious goat cheese. I had two and a half hours before I needed to be at the university for an appointment with a student […]