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MOSCOW WALKS: Skyscrapers in MOSCOW CITY

Moscow City is a ghost town on weekends. It also might very well be a ghost town on weekdays too – this skyscraper city known officially as the Moscow International Business Center has entered its third decade of development, and although a number of businesses have already moved in, the complex still has a “work…

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And Just Like That, It’s Winter Again

My seasonal depression begins during the Summer Solstice. For most Western people June 21st marks the beginning of summer, but for me it is the end; in fact, it’s the official first day of “Winter Is Coming.” * * * Living in Moscow means you can’t just assume that you will get all the trappings…

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RUSSIA IN RUSSIAN ART: VASILY POLENOV

Vasily Polenov was part of the landmark Peredvizhniki (The Wanderers or The Itinerants) school of realist Russian art. Many of his paintings — such as Golden Autumn or Moscow Courtyard — have become downright iconic.  When not painting Russian landscapes, Polenov created many pieces based on the New Testament. He traveled extensively to the Middle…

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MOSCOW EATS: STATE-SANCTIONED NORTH KOREAN AT KORYO

Where you can try traditional North Korean cuisine outside of North Korea? Now, how many of those places are in the “Western World”? Well, one of them happens to be in Moscow. Koryo (or Pyongyang Koryo), opened in 2010 and is Russia’s one and only North Korean restaurant. It is rumored to be officially sanctioned…

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MOSCOW DRINKS: CRAFT COCKTAILS AT PINCH

However tenuous it might be, one upside of the recent ruble crash is that it alleviates some of the guilt I have when spending money on something frivolous because everything suddenly costs so much less – in dollars and euros! (Yes I know it makes no mathematical sense because I still make the same ruble…

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MOSCOW HIDDEN GEMS: MY HOME – RUSSIA

Have you ever wondered how people in the USSR REALLY lived? The daily reality of an average Soviet person was equally removed from the extremes of the ebullient propaganda posters and grim tales of totalitarian oppression. And you can take a trip back in time and into the homes of “ordinary Soviet people” thanks to…