Dear Reader I recently saw the musical Hamilton and naturally, I’m chockablock with opinions. I had, of course, heard of Hamilton long before Lin Manuel Miranda’s brainchild exploded onto the scene in 2015 (I mean Hamilton is on the $10 bill after all). My first real introduction to Alexander Hamilton was in my eighth-grade U.S. history... Continue Reading →
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Dear Reader, It is “Cinco de Mayo” in the United States today. Yes, I did say the ‘United States’ and not Mexico. While in the U.S., this day is unofficially celebrated with chips, salsa, and margaritas, the fifth of May is just another day on the calendar for most parts of Mexico. However, don’t let... Continue Reading →
A Bazaar of Flavors
Dear Reader, Do you have a favorite coffee shop that you frequent? I have a top few that I rotate between. Having a regular haunt takes the guesswork out of your day. At best, it can be a convenient time-saver, however, at worst, it can trap you into a repetitive cycle. I so frequently get... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →