a big beautiful mess

Monthly archives for January, 2012

weather

weather

For some reason I’ve been getting weather reports for Arkhangelsk texted to my cellphone ever since I got back. Okay, I guess the reason is that they’re trying to get me to sign up and pay for continuing weather reports. Except that now, the weather itself has stopped and I’m just getting this short little […]

back to work

back to work

Today Elena and I conducted part of the exams for the group 52 girls, the students I’ve been working with the most. I keep learning new things! I didn’t realize that in addition to all the classwork I saw them do, they were also doing “Additional Reading” outside of class– 700 pages of Additional Reading, […]

home again home again home again

home again home again home again

Well, I’ve made it safe and sound back to Arkhangelsk, after a wonderful whirlwind two weeks home for the holidays. This trip was considerably easier than the first one, knowing the airports I’d be going through, knowing what was waiting for me on the other end, and having a lot more confidence in the language– […]

Christmas reflections

Christmas reflections

Christmas break has always been a kind of check-in moment for me. No matter how far or how long I’m away from home, I’ve always been here for Christmas, always slept in absurdly late, always written an unusually long and pensive entry in my journal on Christmas Day, after all the presents are opened and […]