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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 […]

I’m finally tired of pelmeni.

I’m finally tired of pelmeni.

This is a moment of switch, you guys. I got back from Moscow on Sunday, with 11 kg of books in my bag, and had a small breakdown regarding how far away from home I am and  the question of whether or not I have accomplished anything in the last two months. Then, I went […]

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

This week, I’ve been pondering a lot the wise words of Thomas Santos, who gave us advice on dealing with “stage two” of culture shock– the stage where the world seems to be against you and you can’t remember why you ever wanted to come to Russia in the first place, and all you want […]

Back to the Beginning

Back to the Beginning

Just barely over jetlag, I hopped on a plane to Moscow this weekend, for the in-country Fulbright orientation. It was a three-day whirlwind of information, emotions, new friends, and the whimsical, merciless magic that is Moscow. On Friday, we went to the U.S. Embassy, where we had a security briefing, as well as talks from […]

Spurlock in Russian is ShporaZamok.

Spurlock in Russian is ShporaZamok.

It’s 35°F here in Archangel, and everyone is talking about how warm it is. I’ve been here over a full week now, and I can no longer avoid making my first blog post from the other side! There has been a lot to adjust to, and it’s been a little overwhelming. I arrived around 8:30 […]