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Repatriation: 5 months on

I realize this is trite but: where did June go? The month flew by in a (literal) haze of hot days, painful work experiences, and plenty of boozy weekends – I can hardly believe it’s over already! As the Russky and I recently chatted about over a delicious Thai meal (yay America!), we realized that we’d already been in America …

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Mini-Patsy Cline Driving Tour

Do you all know who Patsy Cline is? (Or should I say, do y’all know who Patsy Cline is?) I’m pretty sure you know her music, even if you don’t know her name. Patsy Cline is the pride and joy of her hometown – Winchester, Virginia – and was one of the most influential, successful singers of the 20th century. …

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Struggles of an intercultural relationship

We’ve been back in America for nearly half a year and some days I still wake up, surprised to find myself met with a quiet Virginia stillness rather than Moscow’s never-ending hum. The Russky has remarked he feels the same and in some ways he feels like he’s still fresh off the boat. Since moving to Virginia I’ve had several …

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What do Russians Think of Tattoos?

This is a re-worked post of a popular post from a few years ago. You know the feeling: when you’re thinking about something a lot, you start seeing it everywhere.  I’m like that with tattoos now since I’m constantly considering a new tat (or two!). In America the tattoo scene has practically gone full circle: it’s practically cool to not …

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Virginia’s Best Instagrammers

After a long day at work, I love looking through my Instagram feed to wind down. There’s something about the beautiful pictures and repetitive scrolling that makes the act very relaxing for me. And while ogling exotic locations is always fun, I’ve also made a dedicated effort to cultivate some great local ‘grammers to give me some serious inspiration. Check …