Category: Musings

If only the photos could tell you all of it

I’m a bit sick, but at least this gives me the time to blog. Over the weekend, I got a really cool chance to visit Niznii Novogorod with a few friends. We stayed at this very cool artsy hostel called Fabrika on Rozhdenskaya Ulitsa, which

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Nautilus Pompilius – Breath (Дыхание)

This is my favorite song of the week. We had an awesome lesson on Russian Rock, which covered Victor Tsoi from Kino, Nautilus Pompilius and others. The song really stuck with me, because I was trying to figure out the lyrics. At the most literal level, the

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Weekend trip to Suzdal

Suzdal is gorgeous, historical, cozy little town is located about 35km away from Vladimir. It’s about a half hour drive depending on what part of town you’re coming from. I thought Vladimir had lots of churches and places of worships, but Suzdal has definitely outnumbered

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Happy Day of Family, Love and Belief!

Today is the Peter and Fevronia’s Day, or also known as the Day of Family, Love and Belief (День семьи, любви и верности). One might mistake it for a Russian Valentine’s Day, but I believe that the holiday commemorates family relationships in addition to romantic

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Less Materialism, More Fun Please

I’ve been a bit homesick. I love my time here, and am super blessed to be here, but I also miss my friends and family at home like crazy. And to add on to it,  I’ve been rather reckless with my belongings lately. I’m not

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Free time? What Free Time?

I found myself with less and less time to blog than I would like. So I’m sacrificing details to keep things short. Hopefully, we can talk more in person. I’ve been posting a lot of photos of independent exploration, but I have to admit, I

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What a Naughty Dog!

We’ve all heard of the story of a dog eating a student’s homework. How about a dog eating a student’s shoes? At home, I usually wear tapochki, or house-shoes, as Russians call them. They’re usually a bit too big. Plus, Gira the puppy usually pulls

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Khinkali Rocking out, and Great Food

On Sunday, a couple of classmates and I tried the Georgian restaurant in town. The food was amazing and affordable. It was my first time trying a dish called khinkali, which is like a pelmini or dumpling with meat and soup inside. It’s delicious, and

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I Love Rain

We were supposed to have an excursion to a historical church today, but I think the weather got in the way. Bummer. It’s been raining quite a bit in Vladimir, and I love it. The summer rains are never too cold nor windy, although I have

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Down the Rabbit Hole we go!

There’s two cool hangouts in Downtown Vladimir that I should revisit over the next seven weeks: the comic books store and the anti-cafe “Rabbit Hole”.  The former probably needs no explaining; the store is cozy, but filled with American, Japanese and Russian comics. I absolutely

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If only the photos could tell you all of it

I’m a bit sick, but at least this gives me the time to blog. Over the weekend, I got a really cool chance to visit Niznii Novogorod with a few friends. We stayed at this very cool artsy hostel called Fabrika on Rozhdenskaya Ulitsa, which

Read More

Nautilus Pompilius – Breath (Дыхание)

This is my favorite song of the week. We had an awesome lesson on Russian Rock, which covered Victor Tsoi from Kino, Nautilus Pompilius and others. The song really stuck with me, because I was trying to figure out the lyrics. At the most literal level, the

Read More

Weekend trip to Suzdal

Suzdal is gorgeous, historical, cozy little town is located about 35km away from Vladimir. It’s about a half hour drive depending on what part of town you’re coming from. I thought Vladimir had lots of churches and places of worships, but Suzdal has definitely outnumbered

Read More

Happy Day of Family, Love and Belief!

Today is the Peter and Fevronia’s Day, or also known as the Day of Family, Love and Belief (День семьи, любви и верности). One might mistake it for a Russian Valentine’s Day, but I believe that the holiday commemorates family relationships in addition to romantic

Read More

Less Materialism, More Fun Please

I’ve been a bit homesick. I love my time here, and am super blessed to be here, but I also miss my friends and family at home like crazy. And to add on to it,  I’ve been rather reckless with my belongings lately. I’m not

Read More

Free time? What Free Time?

I found myself with less and less time to blog than I would like. So I’m sacrificing details to keep things short. Hopefully, we can talk more in person. I’ve been posting a lot of photos of independent exploration, but I have to admit, I

Read More

What a Naughty Dog!

We’ve all heard of the story of a dog eating a student’s homework. How about a dog eating a student’s shoes? At home, I usually wear tapochki, or house-shoes, as Russians call them. They’re usually a bit too big. Plus, Gira the puppy usually pulls

Read More

Khinkali Rocking out, and Great Food

On Sunday, a couple of classmates and I tried the Georgian restaurant in town. The food was amazing and affordable. It was my first time trying a dish called khinkali, which is like a pelmini or dumpling with meat and soup inside. It’s delicious, and

Read More

I Love Rain

We were supposed to have an excursion to a historical church today, but I think the weather got in the way. Bummer. It’s been raining quite a bit in Vladimir, and I love it. The summer rains are never too cold nor windy, although I have

Read More

Down the Rabbit Hole we go!

There’s two cool hangouts in Downtown Vladimir that I should revisit over the next seven weeks: the comic books store and the anti-cafe “Rabbit Hole”.  The former probably needs no explaining; the store is cozy, but filled with American, Japanese and Russian comics. I absolutely

Read More

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