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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 […]

The End of an Era

The End of an Era

Warning: This post contains excessive angst and self-indulgent, privileged musings. Łukasz left this morning. The emotional buildup to this point on my part has been spectacular. A combination of anxiety about my presentation Saturday on American multiculturalism at the library, an inability to sleep due to the encroaching white nights, and almost absurdist self-reflection, 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 […]

Gender Roles in Russia. For real this time.

Gender Roles in Russia. For real this time.

I noticed a lot of search terms bringing people to my blog are “gender roles in Russia” and I imagine people weren’t too happy to find just my snarky post about Nestle chocolate when they were probably looking for real information. So I thought I would do a real post about gender roles in Russia. Now, this […]

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 […]