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Monthly archives for April, 2012

Homophobia

Homophobia

Last weekend, as I was walking to the library, I came across these pro-gay snowpeople lounging on the ground. I was so glad I had my camera! I’ve been curious and eager for any indication of attitudes towards homosexuality, since I know that Arkhangelsk has a law against “homosexual propaganda,” supposedly to protect children’s morality. […]

Gifties

Gifties

The surprises just don’t end. I went out to dinner tonight with Nils, Liv, Rune, and another professor visiting from Norway. When we came back and went to the front desk to get our keys, mine came with some gifties. One I was expecting: my receipt from paying my rent this afternoon. One I wasn’t […]

Ugly as Sin

Ugly as Sin

I consider myself pretty egalitarian when it comes to furniture aesthetics. As long as a couch is comfortable, who cares that it looks like it’s from the 60s? Lime green¬†lacquered¬†kitchen chairs? We could all use a little more color in our lives. Water stains and a broken spring in my college armchair? Years of memories! […]

Timeline

Timeline

Ahh! Oh no! I was so busy writing about culturally enriching experiences I forgot to commemorate the arbitrary timeline marker of one year since I received my Fulbright acceptance letter! Yes, dear readers, it was one year and one day ago today that my life was changed forever, that I learned I would be moving […]

Popping My Banya Cherry

Popping My Banya Cherry

At one point over the weekend in Ufa, I found myself lying belly down on a wooden bench, face inches from a burning hot brick wall, in a steamy room, stark naked, being beaten with birch branches. This is the culmination of a certain piece of Russian culture I had heard about, evaluated in passing, […]