Category: Musings

Going Halfway

Five more months left here. Next Saturday, foreign students in our town are supposed to have a mid-stay orientation to reflect and talk about our days in Russia. I don’t know how it will be like, but I don’t think it would really be anything

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Turned out Alright

Wednesday was stressful, because there was too much to get done. Tasha, Pear and I ran around Cheboksary to record things for this promotional video about town, or what I like to call propaganda. It was too stressful, because it was the day I needed

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What is your name Mister?

In Russia, I’ve encountered the cleaning product “Mr. Proper” (Mister Chister) instead of “Mr. Clean”. However, the name’s not limited only to Russia. Some other countries market the cleaner as “Mr. Proper”, but it perplexes me why they chose the word “proper” over “clean”. The

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Girl in fur coat, clothing is not cheap in Russia by Nick Monica

In Russia, Food is Cheap, Quality Clothing is Not.

Here’s an observation about Russia. It’s no secret that food is cheaper in Russia than in America, and I’ve been taking advantage of that. I tried looking deeper into this. At first, the cost of consumer goods perplexed me. Food, movie/opera tickets, transportation and basic

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По-Русски

Так, я никогда не писала здесь по-русски, но мне надо стараться. Почему раньше у меня был нет русского текста? Потому что было трудно мне. Я еще боюсь что у меня много ошибк когда я пишу, поэтому раньше я только писала в моей тетради, который никто

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It’s all Sand anyhow.

Three pinatas were finished this week, thanks to the help of Pear, Tamara and Joe. Today, I presented a Powerpoint on Pinatas, which I stumbled on…but nevertheless, we destroyed two pinatas and distributed the candy to the 8th grade class. I found that funny, because

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Quick Update

Brought an unfinished pinata to school…and next thing you know, on Saturday I’m supposed to do a presentation on Chinese New Years and Paper Mache.

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Sunny Winters

I quite like the winter in town. Sure, it's much colder thanCalifornia, but there's never any rain or snow storms here. I thinkit's pleasant that our town has sunshine during the winter months. Itwould be depressing seeing cloudy grey skies everyday. I'm reallyexcited about going

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Swimming in the River

Yes. I already spoiled the topic of today's post by the title, butnevertheless, that is what Russians are doing today. It's a spiritualholiday today, where people swim or dip their bodies in the water atleast three times to cleanse themselves of sins. I think it's

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Culture Note of Two New Years

Today is “Stari Novi God” meaning “Old New Years”. It might seem confusing to have those two adjectives next to each other, and it might seem like an oxymoron, but it in fact makes sense in Russia. Historically, Russia and other countries operated on the

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Going Halfway

Five more months left here. Next Saturday, foreign students in our town are supposed to have a mid-stay orientation to reflect and talk about our days in Russia. I don’t know how it will be like, but I don’t think it would really be anything

Read More

Turned out Alright

Wednesday was stressful, because there was too much to get done. Tasha, Pear and I ran around Cheboksary to record things for this promotional video about town, or what I like to call propaganda. It was too stressful, because it was the day I needed

Read More

What is your name Mister?

In Russia, I’ve encountered the cleaning product “Mr. Proper” (Mister Chister) instead of “Mr. Clean”. However, the name’s not limited only to Russia. Some other countries market the cleaner as “Mr. Proper”, but it perplexes me why they chose the word “proper” over “clean”. The

Read More
Girl in fur coat, clothing is not cheap in Russia by Nick Monica

In Russia, Food is Cheap, Quality Clothing is Not.

Here’s an observation about Russia. It’s no secret that food is cheaper in Russia than in America, and I’ve been taking advantage of that. I tried looking deeper into this. At first, the cost of consumer goods perplexed me. Food, movie/opera tickets, transportation and basic

Read More

По-Русски

Так, я никогда не писала здесь по-русски, но мне надо стараться. Почему раньше у меня был нет русского текста? Потому что было трудно мне. Я еще боюсь что у меня много ошибк когда я пишу, поэтому раньше я только писала в моей тетради, который никто

Read More

It’s all Sand anyhow.

Three pinatas were finished this week, thanks to the help of Pear, Tamara and Joe. Today, I presented a Powerpoint on Pinatas, which I stumbled on…but nevertheless, we destroyed two pinatas and distributed the candy to the 8th grade class. I found that funny, because

Read More

Quick Update

Brought an unfinished pinata to school…and next thing you know, on Saturday I’m supposed to do a presentation on Chinese New Years and Paper Mache.

Read More

Sunny Winters

I quite like the winter in town. Sure, it's much colder thanCalifornia, but there's never any rain or snow storms here. I thinkit's pleasant that our town has sunshine during the winter months. Itwould be depressing seeing cloudy grey skies everyday. I'm reallyexcited about going

Read More

Swimming in the River

Yes. I already spoiled the topic of today's post by the title, butnevertheless, that is what Russians are doing today. It's a spiritualholiday today, where people swim or dip their bodies in the water atleast three times to cleanse themselves of sins. I think it's

Read More

Culture Note of Two New Years

Today is “Stari Novi God” meaning “Old New Years”. It might seem confusing to have those two adjectives next to each other, and it might seem like an oxymoron, but it in fact makes sense in Russia. Historically, Russia and other countries operated on the

Read More

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