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Monthly archives for November, 2011

I need to buy winter boots.

I need to buy winter boots.

It is -10°C [14°F] right now, and at 4 pm today, it was around -1°C, and we were standing in the middle of the pedestrian street for an hour, for today was the Day of People’s Unity. Russians love their holidays, and today was no exception. I heard a variety of different stories about the day. […]

Because of the unique cocktail of language Łukasz and I use, a wry expression of delight like “Pomegranate seeds make me believe in God” turns into a philosophical statement: “I don’t know if God exists or not, but when I eat pomegranates I think maybe he does.”

In Russia, you pay for the Internet in cash.

In Russia, you pay for the Internet in cash.

I finally gave up and bought myself an Internet modem today– it’s a flash drive thingy that gives me Internet access through a cell phone network. The Internet that I get for free from the university works fine, except when it doesn’t. There have been three or four days so far when it just hasn’t […]