Beantown

Dear Reader, It is raining sideways again in Boston. Sometimes, on days like this, I have to really force to myself to remember why I love this city. Do you know the meaning of the word ‘ambivalence’? While you may have used this word casually to mean ‘uncertain,’ it actually has a very specific meaning […]

To New Beginnings!

Dear Reader,  It was recently my birthday. In the days leading up to my birthday, I have a tendency to reflect on birthdays past. Will this year be a good one or will it be totally, utterly depressing? My birthday day this year was fine, not the most memorable, but also not the worst. This year my […]

Stop and Smell the Redwoods

Dear Reader, It’s another rainy day in Boston. At least this time the rain is light. Today, I visited the Apple store because I was having a problem with my iPhone. On my pace to their Bolyston location, I walked through the Boston Public Garden. From an aerial view on a map, the Boston Public […]

Ni Hao! Boston

Dear Reader, Today I ventured more deeply into a corner of Boston that I am not as familiar with. I work part-time at a couple of places and one of my jobs takes me all over Boston, so far, as far north as Cambridge, as far south as Quincy and as far west as Watertown. […]

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 […]

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