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Monthly archives for February, 2012

Three-Day Weekend – One Day Off

Three-Day Weekend – One Day Off

I had a busy, busy weekend, and now I’m sick. On Friday, I went to a fantastically unique and kind of weird concert, again at the former Lutheran church. It was a truly multi-cultural concert. First, a quartet from Norway played a few classical pieces. Then, the headliner of the show, a Norwegian soprano, joined […]

Russian Men

Russian Men

In case you hadn’t heard, yesterday was Defenders of the Fatherland Day here in Russia. The holiday was originally the Day of the Red Army and Navy, but the name was changed sometime after the end of the Soviet Union. These days, it’s celebrated more informally as a kind of “Men’s Day,” as a counterpart […]

What.

What.

Today I had one of those experiences that only has one appropriate response: *facepalm* I went to Moi Dom, the closest thing Russia has to a Target, to buy some gift bags and things in preparation for tomorrow’s holiday. It’s the Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland, which has expanded to be basically Men’s […]

A Russian Conspiracy

A Russian Conspiracy

I get more and more convinced all the time that communication has less to do with vocabulary and grammar than it does with concentration and a sort of mutual conspiracy to understand. Exhibit A: When Ɓukasz came to this country in September, he didn’t even know the alphabet. Now he speaks Russian about as well […]

Rescue!

Rescue!

I went to the emergency response headquarters of Arkhangelsk today! The call center workers are studying English in order to be able to respond to foreigners, and they got in contact with the English department at the university, to see if there were a native speaker who could help them out — that’s me! Today […]