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In search of a key

In search of a key

The key situation at SAFU is pretty absurd. All classrooms and offices stay locked all the time, until someone needs to use the room and gets the key. The default location for all keys is a little office at the entrance to the building called the vakhta, which Multitran translates as “watch” or “reception desk,” […]

Lomonosov and the Myth of Civilization

Lomonosov and the Myth of Civilization

I know I said I was going to write about Eurovision, but then this happened, and I have to write about this first: It all starts with Mikhail Lomonosov. If you haven’t ever heard of Lomonosov, get off my blog, how dare you. Just kidding! I barely knew who he was before I came here […]

So much I never knew about Groundhog Day!

So much I never knew about Groundhog Day!

I couldn’t pass up on the chance to share this bizarre American tradition in my night class today. My Pennsylvania spirit came out full force. And what fodder I got from the Groundhog Day website! I had no idea it was so thorough, so whimsical, so made of awesome. I only had one student, but […]

Russia is BEAUTIFUL, you guys.

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No philosophizing today. Just gratitude and wonder that I get to live in a fairy land like this one, much as it makes my feet hurt.

A Little Russian in the Afternoon

A Little Russian in the Afternoon

I had a marvelously Russian afternoon today! I met another teacher at the university at noon. She has a broken arm, so I am teaching the seminar sections of a course on American Studies for her. Something for which I should be uniquely prepared, no? NO! I am going to have to work my butt […]