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Monthly archives for August, 2012

Poland confused me.

Poland confused me.

What with it being located between Russia and “Western” Europe, and what with my latest experience being in Russia, and what with my experience in the Balkans pretty much directly south, I was expecting Poland to be sort of like a cleaner, more compact version of Russia. But when I arrived and Łuki started showing […]

At Home in the Abyss

At Home in the Abyss

I’m home again, in Greensburg, PA, after an eventful final month in Russia and one week in Poland. Endings like this, more or less arbitrary cut-off dates for a certain chapter of your life, are something I’ve become used to with the academic calendar running my life for the last 17 years. But this is […]