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The Lenin of My Dreams

The Lenin of My Dreams

Dammit, I missed another day! I have no excuses this time, good or otherwise. I was just having a lovely day with RZ, and forgot. Last night, though, I had an incredibly vivid dream that merits Doodling. I dreamed that I was a young girl in the Soviet Union, and that there was a famine, […]

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 […]

Advice for Americans and other foreigners traveling long-distance on Rus...

Advice for Americans and other foreigners traveling long-distance on Russian trains.

As I mentioned, I was recently in Siberia, specifically in Kyzyl, the capital of the Tuva Republic. But before I can tell you about Kyzyl, I have to tell you how I got there. I took the train! This (obviously) makes me an expert on Russian long-distance trains, so I will share my wisdom with […]

The Serenity of Anxiety

The Serenity of Anxiety

I leave for Moscow tomorrow. On a train. The only other time I’ve been on a train in Russia, my ticket was bought and my hand held by my study abroad program directors. Minor freak out about my debit card not working at the ATM averted when I got home and checked online, to realize […]