Highlights of my Semester in Russia: A Photo Blog

This post will contain a few of the many pictures I have taken in Moscow. It was difficult to pick just a few favorites! Early on in the semester we took a trip to visit Moscow State University, one of the top universities in Russia.  The university has a large campus with many buildings, but …

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Celebrating a Birthday Abroad

While spending a birthday abroad in a foreign country without family or close friends can be difficult and lonely, it is just as easy to turn the day into a great memory for years to come by sticking to what you know. Personally, I enjoy bonding with family and friends by huddling close together over …

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Unforgettable Moments and Friends: A Photo Blog

This is me and my host sister, Aidana. We are standing in front of Кок Тебе which is an amusement park in the mountains in which you take a Gondola ride to get to the top. It is a well-known sight in Almaty, Kazakhstan. There is a car filled with apples in the picture. The …

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Exploring Lake Baikal: A Photo Blog

In late October, after years of dreaming and a few frenzied weeks of planning, my friend and I went to Irkutsk. Our primary target was Lake Baikal, the deepest and most ancient lake in the world—to better appreciate it, we took a personalized tour of the lake and Olkhon, the largest island in it. We …

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Learning Public History in Russia

Studying abroad with American Councils provided me with the opportunity to undertake an internship at a Russian museum as part of my studies in Russia. At the museum I work as a volunteer in the office of the main curator of exhibitions, a department of the museum that coordinates many of the actions of the …

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Glenn Camilo’s Adventures in Kazakhstan: A Photo Blog

This picture was taken at a former women’s gulag outside of the capital. It is now a museum which displays the conditions and the stories of the women who were forced to labor here in the early Soviet times. The front structure is a monument dedicated to those who suffered during that regime. Visitors are …

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Making Friends In Russia

Making friends in Russia is hard. It’s hard everywhere, as a matter of fact, for an introvert who only has two or three close friends and absolutely despises small talk and struggles to come up with even a single topic of conversation in the face of any prolonged interaction with a stranger. Naturally, these difficulties …

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A Little Sun-Kissed

I guess you can say that this is a continuation of my first blog, “Being Black in Russia” where I felt like like I was constantly being identified as the "outsider" and I learned  owning my blackness is the key to taking advantage of my opportunities here. There’s not going to be a clear connection between …

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Weekend Excursion in Kazakhstan

My time in Kazakhstan is going way too fast. I have already been here for about two months, but it doesn’t really feel like it. The good days have definitely outweighed the bad days, and I am so grateful for having an outstanding host family and amazing friends. A memorable experience. Three weeks ago, we …

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On the Value of Language Cafes

On Saturday, I told my host mom that her cooking “stank” instead of saying it “smelled good.” This morning, when my new professor asked me when I’ll graduate college, I heard, “when did you wake up this morning” and told him “around 8.” In both cases, the sentences were phonetically close in Serbian and I …

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