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Victory

Victory

I want to write a good and thoughtful post about my last-minute trip to Moscow this week for Victory Day, and about the huge gaping hole in American knowledge of World War II from the “eastern” perspective, and about how there were red carnations left at a bust of Stalin in the Museum of the […]

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 […]

What is Moscow?

What is Moscow?

I’m going to Moscow again tomorrow, for the Fulbright mid-year enrichment seminar. Just one more thing, in addition to the Christmas vacation, to fool me into thinking this is really the halfway point, even though I have twice as much time left as I’ve already done. As of my last visit to Moscow (just a […]

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 […]