Getting around in Russia

One aspect of Russia that I have come to appreciate over my time here is the amount of transportation services available to the public, from day to day bus rides around the city, to high speed trains like the “Lastochka”, that can be used to travel quickly to and from different regions.  Metro trains and … Continue reading Getting around in Russia


Why Vladimir?

People keep asking me: why Vladimir?  Why am I here?  Why did I choose to come to Vladimir when I could have chosen to study in St. Petersburg or Moscow?  What do I do here? When other students ask me, their tone often implies that there must be nothing to do in Vladimir. Vladimir is … Continue reading Why Vladimir?

Embracing Winter

Originally posted on Lasting Impressions: In Which Zoe Goes to Russia I am from Kentucky, where one inch of snow is kind of a lot. I've always loved snow, but I absolutely hate being cold, and I tend to get cold easily. So when friends asked me, "You do know that Russia is cold, … Continue reading Embracing Winter

A Californian Braving the Russian Winter

I was warned that Russia would be cold but I guess I didn’t quite understand what it means to be cold. When I was home in California before I left for Russia I bought a coat, a pair of gloves, and my mom showered me in sweaters and hats concerned about her little California girl … Continue reading A Californian Braving the Russian Winter

On McDonald’s and Press Freedom

“Putin is so wonderful. You just never hear anything bad about him!” With the major parliamentary elections only a month away, Russia is an ever-intriguing place to stay. Between constant communist party rallies, the petitions and protests of parties failing to qualify for candidacy, and the divide of the Soviet and Federal generations, the streets … Continue reading On McDonald’s and Press Freedom

Getting Comfortable

Apparently it's already March - I hadn't noticed how quickly time here seems to pass. I still remember in perfect detail the first night I arrived in Vladimir, and my host-mother was the first person I saw when I stepped out of our bus from Moscow. "There! My Hannechka!" (I happen to go by "Hanna" … Continue reading Getting Comfortable

Home Remedies – Russian Style

Upon my arrival in Vladimir, I was shocked by the steadfastness with which the babushki scolded individuals for not wearing hats outdoors, and slippers indoors.  I thought it was absurd that anyone could believe that sitting on a cold surface could cause infertility.  I literally laughed, when I discovered my nineteen-year-old tutor was of the … Continue reading Home Remedies – Russian Style