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MOSCOW EATS: Chinese at DRUZHBA (FRIENDSHIP)

I was going to kick off my Moscow Eats posts with an entirely different restaurant. Then I ate at Druzhba, a Chinese restaurant in the Novoslobodskaya area of Moscow, and it was just begging to be written about. One of the things I miss most about living in New York City is the diversity of…

Suzdal Kremlin and The Nativity Cathedral

CHURCHES OF SUZDAL

Suzdal is famous for its churches. It is also famous for the sheer number of them – some 40 in a town of 10,000 folks. Back in the day Suzdal used to have one church for every 10 inhabitants!  I have no idea about the cause of this phenomenon; although Suzdal is a very old…

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MASLENITSA MADNESS IN SUZDAL

What? Maslenitsa (“butter week”) is a half-Christian, half-Slavic pagan celebration of the soon-to-come end of winter that takes place for a week before Lent. Think Mardi Gras, or carnivals of Rio de Janeiro and Venice, but instead of ball gowns, beads and nudity you get traditional Russian games, folk music and dance concerts, a lot…

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FROZEN FAIRY TALE of the HERMITAGE GARDENS

Oh, were you expecting some words? Ok then. This is the ice sculpture garden that went up over winter holidays in Moscow’s Hermitage Garden, which is literally across the street from my apartment. I didn’t even know it was there until I showed up to take some MORE pictures of Moscow’s snow-covered parks (this winter…

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On the Edge of My Seat at VDNKh

VDNKh is one of those Moscow places I do not particularly enjoy yet keep going back to over and over for various half-baked reasons. What is VDNKh? Good question. Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva, (Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy) is Moscow’s enormous exhibition complex and is one of those grand Soviet relics that seems more like…

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Blog Identity Crisis and Return to Moscow

As I am sure some of you have noticed, for several months now there have been a bit of a content shift on Home & Away. What started out two years ago as a “double expat” blog about an Americanized Russian returning to the Motherland after nearly two decades abroad turned into kind of generic…

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TRAVEL DREAMING

This is not a post about my “Bucket List.” Oh how I hate the use of this term by travel bloggers*. You guys do know what it means, right? Things to do before you “kick the bucket.” Before YOU DIE. Which, barring a tragic accident, is about half a century away for most of you.…

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THE 5 STAGES OF RUSSIAN WINTER

This past weekend I was ready to call it quits with the whole winter business — but then it started snowing again. Which I love. You probably think that the famous Russian Winter looks like ^^. And it does, sometimes. But this never-ending season has many faces, and, sadly, Snowy Wonderland is among the least…