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Monthly archives for August, 2013

Autumn

Autumn

The weather in Pittsburgh may not show it, but Autumn is on its way. I can tell in subtle ways — a certain crunching underfoot as I walk to work on a sweaty-hot afternoon; a certain burnished shade to the treetops. And in not-so-subtle ways — the number of languages I hear walking down Craig […]

just a little piece of paper

just a little piece of paper

This is the note I left on Łukasz’s door when we were trying to become roommates. Little did I know, he didn’t know how to read Russian. And even less did I know what incredible friends we would become.   Hello, Łukasz, I am Ruth, the American teacher who lives here in CentrIn. I knocked […]

Should You Fulbright?

Should You Fulbright?

I’ve recently been asked from a few different corners about my Fulbright experience, and I feel I have enough distance from it now to make some broad generalizations about the experience. Deciding whether or not to apply for a Fulbright is a big decision in itself. Here are my two cents. I don’t recommend the […]

Addiction

Addiction

It’s not just about the caffeine. I can almost believe that I don’t even really need it to get going in the morning. I don’t, really. I wake up pretty bright-eyed. I get plenty of sleep. It’s not just about the routine, although that is a big part of it. The feel of the kettle […]