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Christmas reflections

Christmas reflections

Christmas break has always been a kind of check-in moment for me. No matter how far or how long I’m away from home, I’ve always been here for Christmas, always slept in absurdly late, always written an unusually long and pensive entry in my journal on Christmas Day, after all the presents are opened and […]

aMERRYca!

aMERRYca!

One of the things I never missed about America is the super-saturation of Christmas spirit in the month and a half leading up to Christmas. And I know, I know, everybody complains about how Christmas carols start way too early in the stores, but look, I have to be a Typical American in some way, […]

Serendipity

Serendipity

Let me tell you a story about the marvelous serendipity and strange Russian magic of the world I’m living in. When I bought my plane ticket to come to Russia, it was far far cheaper to buy a round-trip flight than one-way, so I chose a return date at random (December 20), and bought the […]