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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 […]

Bags of Milk

Bags of Milk

Something I’ve never mentioned before, much to my shock and amazement, is the fact that sometimes, in Russia, milk is sold in bags. I’ve never been able to rationalize this on any level. Liquids should just not go in bags. The end. Liquid goes in jars or cartons or bottles or cans, or sometimes, on […]

The P-word

The P-word

After reading 23 rough drafts from my second year students and finding just one that is [apparently] completely plagiarism-free, I decided to make the last half of today’s American Studies class about what I euphemistically called “academic culture” in the U.S. I’ve been struggling to get my head around the culture of casual plagiarism here, […]

Dad Comes North

Dad Comes North

My dad visited me last week, and it was wonderful to see him, as always. “Inspiration” is not quite the right word for him, so much as “motivation” or “reason” or “root.” He took me out of America for the first time, when I was 9, to Madrid. That trip caused me to study Spanish, […]

A Year Abroad

A Year Abroad

The thing is, Russia isn’t anything like what I expected it to be. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I was talking to my friend Robin today about her upcoming very first trip outside the country, and she told me that while she was looking forward to it, she honestly wasn’t that excited about it. […]