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Monthly archives for January, 2012

What is Moscow?

What is Moscow?

I’m going to Moscow again tomorrow, for the Fulbright mid-year enrichment seminar. Just one more thing, in addition to the Christmas vacation, to fool me into thinking this is really the halfway point, even though I have twice as much time left as I’ve already done. As of my last visit to Moscow (just a […]

Arkhangelsk: the Other City of Bridges

Arkhangelsk: the Other City of Bridges

Ah, Sunday! The day of rest! The day of play! Here in Arkhangelsk, kids have school on Saturday as well as all week, so Sunday is their only day off. Many people take advantage of Sunday to go downtown, go shopping, take a walk, practice some winter sports. I took advantage of this Sunday to […]

Finals Madness!

Finals Madness!

On Thursday I conducted my first real actual Russian exam. I know, I know I said I did that a couple days ago, but that was actually just short little conversations. This was a proper exam. It took 6 freaking hours. Here’s how it went, and why I would never survive as a student in […]

chilly willy

chilly willy

It was cold today. I’m trying not to overstate it, because I know it’s going to get colder, but oh my gosh was I cold. Since I got back, it’s been notably chillier in the university than it was before I left for vacation, and I wore a ton of layers yesterday (cami, long-sleeved shirt, […]

long day.

long day.

A by no means comprehensive list of what I did today: Woke up at like 5:45 am for some reason. My body is so confused. Plotted to make ratatouille. Helped give a credit test and finished with Business Negotiations once and for all! Acquired a wooden spoon of my very own (see below). Failed to […]