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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 […]

Like Clockwork

Like Clockwork

And then sometimes, everything works. Yesterday was a perfect set-up for a domino-effect spiral into a helpless pit of anxiety and failure, but somehow, miraculously, everything went off without a hitch! 7:45 am I woke up to do my Russian homework. 10:00 am My weekly tutoring session began. I usually walk to my tutor’s house, as it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]