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Monthly archives for April, 2012

Cafe Sketches

Cafe Sketches

After privately, to myself, deciding that this cafe was my favorite in Arkhangelsk, I realized that it was uncannily similar in service plan and aesthetics to an American cafe. You come in, place your order and pay at the register, then sit, and your coffee is brought to you. If you want something more, you […]

Things I Don’t Talk About

Things I Don’t Talk About

There are certain traps I’ve fallen into when I lived abroad before, certain cycles and topics of conversation that took hold and controlled the way I communicated with my friends and family back home. I’ve made a concerted effort this time around not to let that happen. We all knew graduating from college would mean […]

Yargh.

Yargh.

It’s not all sunshine and roses in this gorgeous springtime town. I’ve decided last minute to try to visit Randi in Syktyvkar this weekend, which means buying train tickets my own self for the first time in Russia. You can’t do this online, really, because it’s scary, or something, and they might not take my […]

The River is Melting

The River is Melting

They say that the Dvina is the soul of Arkhangelsk. And of the things about the city I think are beautiful, the one on which people here agree with me is the Embankment. I went for a walk along the river this evening and found it teeming with the citizens of Arkhangelsk. There were young […]

Gender Roles in Russia. For real this time.

Gender Roles in Russia. For real this time.

I noticed a lot of search terms bringing people to my blog are “gender roles in Russia” and I imagine people weren’t too happy to find┬ájust┬ámy snarky post about Nestle chocolate when they were probably looking for real information. So I thought I would do a real post about gender roles in Russia. Now, this […]