Wanna Swim with Winter Walruses?

Gotta go swiming in Winter to get the feel of it Some Muscovites warmly welcome icy swim MOSCOW (CNN) — From throughout the Russian capital, Muscovite “walruses” convened on a frozen pond for the celebration of an annual event: Walrus Day. Here is Ann with a St. Peterburg Walrus. Note,…

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It’s My First Xmas in Russia

Don’t get you hopes up December 24th, the next day ain’t xmas in Russia PCV’s making a merry mess Christmas Day I had to work. Not that I have a slave-driving boss, but Christmas is celebrated on January 7th here, the Orthodox Christmas, not December 25, the Catholic Christmas. Not…

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Wild Dogs Run Wild

Cute puppies are not in the window Before the “fall” of communism, wild dogs here, like in America, were rounded up and exterminated. (Yes, that is why they call it the Humane Society, they kill ’em humanely.) But now, since there isn’t any money for such egalitarian projects, the dogs…

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It’s Damn Cold!

Brrr! You wander the streets when its -30 C! Brrrr! This past week Moscow broke a few records for record cold, and unfortunately I was here to experience it! Now this is Moscow, not know for its tepid climate, but -30C is a bit ridiculous. It was so cold, my…

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Russian DJ’s Try Disco

No shout-out to the Moscow DJ’s! Last night, well actually early this morning, I went to a club called Pilot. It was cool, not as cool as some clubs I’ve been to, but it held its own. With a strip tease, video screen, and an actual airplane hanging from the…

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So What is Your Ethnicity?

Not your nationality, but your ancestry! Last night, as I was strolling home along Novy Arbat, I was “controlled.” An uniformed Moscow militzi (policeman) stopped me and asked me for my documents. When he saw my passport, he looked at me funny and asked me where my real papers were….

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My New Expat Job

When ya get lucky, hold onto that brass ring with both hands Yeah, we’re happy to work The Summer crew Now that I am working in a western company as an expatriate (or expat), I have a unique view on the Russian working experience. As an expat, I am treated…

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My Peace Corps Experience

PCV life is a trip down frustration lane Now you are probably wondering how I felt about my Peace Corps experience, and why I split from the program. Well I’ll tell ya. I really enjoyed the experience. Through the Peace Corps experience, I formed friendships with an interesting group of…

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Apartment Hunting in Moscow

If you wanna find a place in Moscow, get ready to search The Crew: Me Ann, Andrey What I don’t want: Suburbia Life like a Russian Now this is living! Since I am no longer a Peace Corps Volunteer, I have to find my own accommodation in this city. Apartment…

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Andrey is a Sneaky Bastard

Andrey is the ultimate man-tool Andrey is always in the middle of it all! Andrey and I lived together, more precisely he lived in the room next to mine in the communal apartment we called home. He is an interesting guy, a Russian who has lived in France, Spain, and…

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