Sweater Weather

Dear Reader, I know that this is already totally obvious, however, I must say right now that the weather is very, very important. My mom and sister came to visit me in Boston over the weekend. They had booked their flights in July and I was hesitant to plan too many outdoor activities because I […]

Halloweentown, MA

Dear Reader, Have you ever seen the popular Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus” from 1993? This classic Disney film is one that I have seen many times in my youth. Although the action-packed plot is captivating in itself, one thing that always interested me about the movie was the quaint town in which the plot took […]

A Curious Country

Dear Reader, I have somehow managed to return to Moscow for the second time this year. This time it was to participate in a program, which brought together a group of Americans and Russians to discuss important issues in the bilateral relationship. This program was intense and save for the early and late hours, this […]

Palace of the People

Dear Reader, If you follow my blog, you may have caught on that I am a big fan of public transportation, the subway in particular. I live in Boston, which has a pretty good subway system. The “T,” short for MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) covers several Boston neighborhoods, as well as nearby areas (including […]

Why can’t we be friends with Russia?

Dear Reader, Even if you’re not that into politics, you probably know that the U.S. and Russia are not on the best of terms. Despite attempts from Bush, Obama, and Trump, the United States cannot seem to simply “be friends” with Russia. Cooperation has and does continue to happen in some spheres, but historically, on […]

Food First – Moscow

Dear Reader, It’s time that we talk about the food in Moscow. I am here in Moscow with a group of Americans and Russians. Some of the Americans, many years my senior, have experience in Russia dating back to the 80s, when Russia was a part of the Soviet Union. All my American colleagues that […]

Walk While You Can

Dear Reader, This morning I took a walk through Moscow. It is the end of September and the weather can be described as comfortably autumnal. The sky is gray and the air is cool, but not uncomfortably so. In Boston before I left, the weather was sunny and 60-70 degrees, however, here in Moscow the […]

The Weary Traveler

Dear Reader, I have made it to Moscow at long last and with no problems to speak of. In fact, I had a pretty enjoyable flight. After a not-so-fun layover at JFK (read more here), other than a slightly late departure, the rest of journey was pretty good. I guess this owes to the fact […]

OMG JFK

Dear Reader, Things can get overwhelming pretty quickly. Have you ever been to the JFK airport? I swear to you it is just a busy as the New York City itself. So many people, so many noises from the thrum of machinery to the cackles and shouts from the masses. I am traveling today from […]

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