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Extracts from the Train to Siberia: A Tale of Two Andreis

Extracts from the Train to Siberia: A Tale of Two Andreis

This is the third installment in the Great Siberian Adventure series. A co-Fulbrighter and I spent two weeks in the summer of 2012 teaching English at a kids’ camp in Kyzyl, Tuva. My last three days on the train to Kyzyl, I and my fellow Fulbrighter A. were in coupé, a second-class compartment with four bunks and a […]

Story Map

Story Map

I love maps. I don’t really understand them, and I’m not actually that good at using them, but I think they’re beautiful. They tell a story about how we think about our world, how we want it to look, where we see ourselves in connection with the rest of the world. This week’s topic for […]

Small Victories

Small Victories

Today was Halloween. There was no pumpkin. I spent the weekend on a wild rollercoaster between feverishly weak and energetically running around to a dozen different stores getting together the things I needed for the Halloween party. I’ve never been so stressed for Halloween! I didn’t know how many people would come, or how active […]