Ashberry berries and Russian golden autumn

FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN

Today seemed like the first real day of autumn in Moscow. It wasn’t September 1st, when fall officially kicks off in Russia, and every person from the age of 6 to 21 suddenly reappears on the city streets after three months at the dacha. It wasn’t September 20-something, when the sun decides to do its…

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MARCH OF PEACE

No real comment, just a photo report from the demonstration against Russia’s involvement in Ukraine that took place in Moscow today. Around 25,000 are estimated to have showed up. As far as I know there were no major incidents or provocations from anyone (yay!), there was lots of blue and gold combo (colors of the…

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SEEING SPOTS (It’s a Zoo – Summer Edition)

So, the last time I illustrated the Russians’ love of leopard-print clothing, this blog doubled its daily site views record — and that new benchmark hasn’t been breached since.  Should we make a valiant attempt to set a new one? I even threw in some other animal prints, to mix it up a bit! This…

Moscow House of the Artist Sculpture Garden

FIVE WAYS TO DO ART IN MOSCOW

Clearly not satisfied with force-feeding you, dear readers, a monthly selection of Russian paintings, I have taken to sharing my art-loving ways on YELL.RU. So, if you are as much of an appreciator of pretty things as I am, and if you are ever in Moscow, read on to learn for ways to maximize and diversify your…

View from the top of the world (my office on the east side of Moscow).

BIG CITY LIFE

Who doesn’t like Big Dick? Sorry, that’s Mr. Big Dick, and if you don’t know him yet, you must check out his always-hilarious, often-wise and totally SFW (despite a NSFW name) blog The Big Dick Chronicles about life, love, sex, marriage and other adventures right away. Mr. BD also happens to live in  MiddleOfNowhere, Missouri…

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MOSCOW: A PERFECT SUMMER DAY

My awesome Crimean vacation had to end some time and then it was back to work — and back to Moscow.  Contrary to popular assumptions about the discomforts of spending the summer in the city, there are some unexpected opportunities to be found in this experience, especially in Moscow. Last month I wrote about how…

Novy Svet

CRIMEA: FOUR REASONS TO GO*

*I swear that neither the Russian government nor my place of employment have paid me a kopek for the 10,000 words I have written about how “Crimea is Awesome” – though on second thought they should totally comp me this vacation. So, why did I go? I had specific goals for this vacation: regain some…

The Yalta onions - purple, flat and very sweet; eggplant and squash.

WHAT I ATE IN CRIMEA: Farmers’ Markets

For weeks before my Crimea trip my mother was imploring me to check out the farmers’ markets in Novy Svet and Sudak, for the freshest fruits and berries in all the land! The markets did not disappoint, and I tried everything from the in-season strawberries and raspberries, to homemade cheeses and sausages. I cannot even…

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WHAT I ATE IN CRIMEA: Street Food

Here’s a little taste (hehe) of what the food and drink you can grab on the go in Crimea. Not pictured — all the draft beer, wine and kvas (traditional Russian bread-based soft drink) sold by the glass at small stands all throughout town and along the beach. All the cold beer you want, all…