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Hooray! For some reason, I have not been able to access my blog since I returned from Siberia — until now! That’s right, I was in Siberia! Many many posts are forthcoming about the train, the repeated shattering of my expectations in Kyzyl, the Access camp where I taught, and my reaction to the White […]

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 […]

A Smorgasbord of Awesome

A Smorgasbord of Awesome

Last weekend, I went to a Fulbright conference in Ufa organized by my colleague and friend Cathy. It was a fantabulous time, about which more later, but it was also great to see another part of Russia, and to be surprised yet again. I went to Ufa knowing only two things about it: 1. It […]

A Year Abroad

A Year Abroad

The thing is, Russia isn’t anything like what I expected it to be. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I was talking to my friend Robin today about her upcoming very first trip outside the country, and she told me that while she was looking forward to it, she honestly wasn’t that excited about it. […]

A Russian Conspiracy

A Russian Conspiracy

I get more and more convinced all the time that communication has less to do with vocabulary and grammar than it does with concentration and a sort of mutual conspiracy to understand. Exhibit A: When Łukasz came to this country in September, he didn’t even know the alphabet. Now he speaks Russian about as well […]