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A Smorgasbord of Awesome

A Smorgasbord of Awesome

Last weekend, I went to a Fulbright conference in Ufa organized by my colleague and friend Cathy. It was a fantabulous time, about which more later, but it was also great to see another part of Russia, and to be surprised yet again. I went to Ufa knowing only two things about it: 1. It […]

Music at Marfa’s

Music at Marfa’s

Running down the center of the city, parallel to the main street, is a historical street for pedestrians called Chumbarovka. It’s lined with beautiful old wooden houses, some of them restored, some not, a giant shopping mall, and statues to the fairy-tale writer Pisakhov. One of the historical buildings is called Marfin Dom, or Marfa’s […]

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. […]

Three-Day Weekend – One Day Off

Three-Day Weekend – One Day Off

I had a busy, busy weekend, and now I’m sick. On Friday, I went to a fantastically unique and kind of weird concert, again at the former Lutheran church. It was a truly multi-cultural concert. First, a quartet from Norway played a few classical pieces. Then, the headliner of the show, a Norwegian soprano, joined […]

Russian Men

Russian Men

In case you hadn’t heard, yesterday was Defenders of the Fatherland Day here in Russia. The holiday was originally the Day of the Red Army and Navy, but the name was changed sometime after the end of the Soviet Union. These days, it’s celebrated more informally as a kind of “Men’s Day,” as a counterpart […]