Playing Baseball in Russia

This is my second time in Russia. My first experience here was most focused in the classroom: my time was divided between classes and homework and the rigorous schedule and harsh winter kept me inside for most of the semester. However, I knew that this summer I wanted to experience everything that I could outside …

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Experiences and Expectations

Currently, I am studying Russian language abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Russia has always been an interesting country to me, and because of that I wanted to learn the language.  When I arrived in Russia I was ready to get used to new cultural experiences and expectations, and even excited to learn the differences between …

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Second Annual World Nomad Games

On September 2nd I got to go to the Second Annual World Nomad Games in Cholpon-Ata. Because I had class that day, I left in the afternoon and got there at night. Cholpon-Ata is on Kyrgyzstan’s largest lake, Issyk-Kul, and the drive there was really beautiful! I had been there before a few times and …

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Basketball Abroad

There was always a part of me that had the desire to play basketball overseas. The dream felt quite impossible however considering the details to achieve it. However, studying abroad in Russia has provided opportunities similar to playing basketball overseas. While I didn't play professionally for a European team, I did get to practice basketball …

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Cultural Capital of the Turkic World

Last month I wrote about Kazan’s reputation as the Sports Capital of Russia. Interestingly enough, Kazan holds the title of capital of more than just sports here in the Russian Federation and Central Asia as well. Coming from a background in Turkish studies and increasingly interested in Turkic relations, I was intrigued to find out …

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Kazan: Sports Capital of Russia

Throughout Russia, the city of Kazan and the capital of Tatarstan is renowned as a sports capital. It’s a fact unlikely to escape even the briefest of visitors, as stadiums and sporting venues dot the skyline and banners advertising last summer’s Universiade games still hang proudly along Bauman Street, the main pedestrian thoroughfare downtown. Meet …

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Keeping Up With the World of Gymnastics… From Abroad

Last year, my favorite gymnast tore her ACL while competing on the vault at a major competition. Why is this relevant, you may ask? Well, luckily for me, this gymnast happens to be a member of the Russian national gymnastics team. Not only that, but she is a two-time Russian national champion, a European medalist, …

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