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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. […]

Winter comes to Russia

Winter comes to Russia

Well, as usual, Moscow was a wonderful experience. As not usual, I was happy to leave. I think it says something when, after a long, busy, exciting, tiring weekend in the big city, all I wanted to do was be back home in my bed in Arkhangelsk. The best part of the trip was reconnecting […]

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 […]

Oriented

Oriented

The thing I will miss the most about the Renaissance Marriott in DC is the fluffy white wedding-cake-made-out-of-clouds of a bed. Second most? The motion-activated soap dispensers in the public bathrooms! The other ETAs and I went back to school with the effervescent Myrtis Mixon, who made even group work fun (though that might have […]