Tag Archives: Siberia

Siberian Summer

It’s officially summertime in Siberia. It came rather suddenly—vegetation and flowers and kvass stands and bouncy castles and swarms of flies sprang up overnight, it seems. We had a glorious thunderstorm last week, crowds of lazy people descend upon the … Continue reading

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Far East and Back Again

If St. Petersburg is magnificent and Ulan-Ude is charming and soulful, then Vladivostok can only be described as cool. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but something about the nice houses and the unique naval presence and the … Continue reading

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Trans-Siberia– Part One: The Crazy Train

10 days. 90 hours travel time. 4,832 miles. Countless precious memories. An adventure this big and this grand requires at least a couple installments to do it justice. So I’ll begin at the beginning: three days on a Russian train. … Continue reading

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Siberian Spring: Back to Baikal

Besides killer bragging rights and a sense of masochistic pride, one of the great parts of Siberian winter is the ability to go outside in your pajamas (a total no-no in Russia, completely нельзя) without anyone knowing or judging you, … Continue reading

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I deserve a cold star

I’ve been informed that this is (and is projected to continue to be) Russia’s coldest winter in the last 20 years. Lucky me: not only do I get the joy of experiencing a Siberian winter, I get to boast that … Continue reading

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Life-Collage

Usually, in my blog, I’m able to come up with some overarching theme or topic, thereby imposing some kind of order and meaning on my life here. This week, try as I might, I can’t find a common motif to … Continue reading

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“I don’t want to survive– I want to live!”

Well, winter is upon us. And I’m not just saying that because it’s freaking cold (which it is). It’s actually winter here. In Russia, winter officially starts on December 1st (I think of it as one of the many ways … Continue reading

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