a big beautiful mess

Monthly archives for January, 2012

Russia is BEAUTIFUL, you guys.

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No philosophizing today. Just gratitude and wonder that I get to live in a fairy land like this one, much as it makes my feet hurt.

It is COLD in Russia, you guys! (Or, a brief introduction to the varieti...

It is COLD in Russia, you guys! (Or, a brief introduction to the varieties of northern Russian boots).

After the collective chorus of “I told you so!” abates, let me tell my story of the last couple of days. Everyone is very excited about the cold, and very excited to ask me, “Zamyorzli?” — “Are you cold?” with a knowing grin on their face. It got down to -29°C [-20°F] last night, making […]

A Little Russian in the Afternoon

A Little Russian in the Afternoon

I had a marvelously Russian afternoon today! I met another teacher at the university at noon. She has a broken arm, so I am teaching the seminar sections of a course on American Studies for her. Something for which I should be uniquely prepared, no? NO! I am going to have to work my butt […]

Holden and Johnny and Me

Holden and Johnny and Me

So I just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger last night. And then I woke up today and, because I can’t respond to anything anymore without responding to someone else’s response to it (which is maybe part of why I’m having trouble being the only American in Arkhangelsk), I went to the […]

Winter comes to Russia

Winter comes to Russia

Well, as usual, Moscow was a wonderful experience. As not usual, I was happy to leave. I think it says something when, after a long, busy, exciting, tiring weekend in the big city, all I wanted to do was be back home in my bed in Arkhangelsk. The best part of the trip was reconnecting […]