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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 […]

Elena Baikalova

Elena Baikalova

This is the third installment in the Great Siberian Adventure series. A co-Fulbrighter and I spent two weeks in the summer of 2012 teaching English at a kids’ camp in Kyzyl, Tuva. Our host and sponsor while we were in Kyzyl was Elena Dmitrievna Baikalova. Baikalova means “of Baikal” as in Lake Baikal, which is just the first […]

Out of Deep Freeze

Out of Deep Freeze

Today is April 17, which means that 2 years ago, I found out that I got the Fulbright. And about 8 and a half months ago, I got back to America. And I am finally feeling as though I’ve recovered from reverse culture shock enough to talk about it. Zhenya came to visit me a […]

A Smorgasbord of Awesome

A Smorgasbord of Awesome

Last weekend, I went to a Fulbright conference in Ufa organized by my colleague and friend Cathy. It was a fantabulous time, about which more later, but it was also great to see another part of Russia, and to be surprised yet again. I went to Ufa knowing only two things about it: 1. It […]