On The Same Side

Dear Reader, How long have you been self-isolating? I have been limiting my movement to essential trips (only two to the grocery store) and exercise outside. At the time of this writing, most U.S. states are under shelter-in-place orders (meaning that all non-essential businesses are closed) and stay-at-home orders (meaning that people are advised to... 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 →

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... 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 →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Something to Look Forward To

Dear Reader, I love to travel but I’m in between trips at the moment and life is carrying on as usual. Over the summer, my travel schedule was incredible (California, Iceland, England, to name a few stops) but it was also incredibly exhausting. Now with just work and no trips, things are just plain exhausting.... Continue Reading →

Until Next Time, Scotland!

Dear Reader, My lovely Scottish adventure has come to an end. In this post, I just wanted to share some of my peculiar observations about Scotland that you may not find in your Google searches of the country. Irn Bru soda, Edinburgh, Scotland, summer 2019 Irn Bru You see this orangey, liquid concoction above? It’s... Continue Reading →

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