Above: The Road to Kharkhorin
Taken while traveling in Mongolia. October 2010.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Smack Dab in the Middle

And so begins the second half of my second semester in Russia (and therefore the second half of my entire time abroad)…

It’s difficult to say that the dust has settled after being here for two and a half months, seeing as every time I start to feel a routine something new comes up and disorients me a bit, be it a change in my living situation (I’ve couchsurfed for two weeks and moved twice since I arrived in Moscow in the beginning of February), a new job, or the end of our concert band’s season. Beginnings and ends don’t seem to fall into the “right” places here (that is, I didn’t start doing everything I do at the beginning of my semester, and I’m not going to stop everything when I leave, if that makes sense); for example, our band’s final concert comes but a few days after my first day as an English teacher, and I only solidified my living situation at the beginning of this month, whereas most students on the program have been where they are since the start of the semester…

That being said, I think this halfway point marks the beginning of the better half of the semester, and my very successful housewarming party last Friday was an excellent start (pictures coming soon).

At my housewarming party with some cuties

Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, my prize for doing the best among five
Italians, two Tanzanians and a Chinese girl on a "Knowledge of the
Russian language" test at a party last night. Interesting choice for
an activity at a dinner party, I know.


  1. Cute hat and photo! It sounds like you've been leading an exciting, albeit hectic life!

    When do you leave? I'm gonna be in Vladimir this summer, starting around June 15th.

  2. Hey Martha! I'll probably be in Moscow until the end of June, so there's a good chance we'll see each other :) Yes life has been pretty hectic, but also quite enjoyable. This city has a LOT to offer.