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The Last Great Kyzylian Adventure

The Last Great Kyzylian Adventure

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. The last great Kyzylian adventure was leaving. It was our last night in Kyzyl. Elena had arranged for A. and me to be collected at […]

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 […]

My Great Siberian Adventure

My Great Siberian Adventure

During the summer of 2012, I spent two weeks teaching at a children’s summer camp in Siberia. The camp was located in the city of Kyzyl — the capital of the Tuva Republic, and the geographic center of Asia. The whole thing was a fortnight-long string of incredible, unforgettable adventures. And all preceded by the […]

At Home in the Abyss

At Home in the Abyss

I’m home again, in Greensburg, PA, after an eventful final month in Russia and one week in Poland. Endings like this, more or less arbitrary cut-off dates for a certain chapter of your life, are something I’ve become used to with the academic calendar running my life for the last 17 years. But this is […]

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 […]