A Girl and Her Travels From America to Russia to Beyond

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First Anniversary

We started dating in May – during those half-chilly, half-warm days when some of the babushki are still wearing winter coats and the others are already pulling on brightly-colored spring coats. When we weren’t bunched together on the kitchen’s windowsill in my Moscow apartment, downing two bottles of so-cheap-it’s-juice wine and pretending like you’d actually make the two hour trek home, we’d spent a few stolen hours at your family’s house in the oblast before I made a mad dash for the last bus back to the metro. The late nights had become a familiar routine: I’d wave a hasty...

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Dating a Russian woman: myth or fact?

Disclaimer: YES, I am aware that everyone is different and I’m sure you have a Russian girlfriend/wife/sister/friend who is totally not like this. I do too – I get it. This is a purely snarky look at the common stereotypes people have about dating a Russian woman. It’s impossible to talk about Russia without discussing the legendary beauty of Russian women. But let me give you my honest opinion: the hype might not be warranted. While I agree that there are a lot of incredible women hobbling down the streets of Moscow in towering heels and tight skirts, I think...

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Christmas gifts from Russia, with love

I love getting gifts from around the world. I don’t even mind if I’ve never been to the place that souvenir came from – I enjoy the little mementos of far-away life for the little spark of adventure they bring into my every day. I hope you (or the people around you) feel the same way as I introduce my first ever ‘Christmas Gifts From Russia, With Love’ List. Some gift ideas are totally traditional and some are just plain fun. Have a look (affiliate links): What list of Christmas gifts from Russia would be complete without the iconic matryoskha...

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Why You’ll Fail As An Expat

As an expat who’s made living abroad a big part of my online brand, I feel that I should always try to be as objective as possible about my life. This means no overly-flowery descriptions of how awesome and perfect life is. This also means no constant doom and gloom. I count myself successful on that front despite being an incredibly pessimistic person by nature. Getting my thoughts out in an open forum where people actually read them has really served as a way to balance my naturally negative tendencies. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of such strong online...

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2014 Moscow Winter Clothing Fundraiser

Guys, Moscow is getting cold. This weekend I was working on a photography assignment that required a 3 kilometer walk through southern Moscow. I was bundled up in wool gloves, fur coat, hat, and two pairs of socks and I was still cold. You all might be lucky enough not to know this, but once the temperature hits 10/12F (-12/-11C) it’s almost impossible to get warm. Can you imagine working the whole day at that temperature? Without proper winter clothing? Unfortunately working long hours outside without proper insulation happens to a lot of workers here, whether they were forced to...