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Small Victories

Small Victories

Today was Halloween. There was no pumpkin. I spent the weekend on a wild rollercoaster between feverishly weak and energetically running around to a dozen different stores getting together the things I needed for the Halloween party. I’ve never been so stressed for Halloween! I didn’t know how many people would come, or how active […]

Это Россия

Это Россия

The pavement outside Centrin, my dorm/hotel place, was just recently repaved and is now beautiful, clean asphalt; but the sidewalk further up the street, near the Embankment, is falling apart and made out of sand and disconnected concrete blocks. That’s Russia. Arkhangelsk has made a hero out of Mikhail Lomonosov, who was born somewhere in […]

My To Do List

My To Do List

1) For class tomorrow, Elena and I are showing a video of Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford. I need to watch it again, list active vocabulary and idioms, and then somehow get it onto a DVD that’s playable on Russian region 5 DVD players. 2) On Wednesday, I’m meeting with the same group […]

What a Day!

What a Day!

What a day, dear readers! I went out for lunch (pizza!) with one of the Finnish teachers living in the same hotel/dorm as me, and I tried another yummy warm drink traditional to this region of the world– although this time I knew what I was getting myself into, unlike with the sbiten’. This one […]

Daylight Update

Daylight Update

So, when I first arrived, I was sleeping for 12 hours a day, and waking up at 7 am regularly. I would lie in bed and watch the street lamp outside my window snap off around 7 and the orange light of night give way to the diffuse blue of day. This morning, when I […]