Aspiring equestrian. Occasional writer. Perpetual workaholic. Eternal adventurer.
A child of two Motherlands (Russia and the US of A), I have spent most of my life between Moscow and the eastern seaboard of the US — New York City, Washington DC, Maryland and Rhode Island, with a year-long educational stint in Europe thrown in for good measure. Often I self-identify more as an American than a Russian, because of my general worldview, professional behavior, personal priorities and gender relations — romantic and otherwise. Yet I cannot imagine life without Gogol’s comedies, classical ballet, sour cream, birch forests, mushroom picking and dacha.
About Home & Away
Expat life. Destination — Moscow. A lot of travel beyond.
I started this blog to recount all sorts of socio-cultural oddities of living in Moscow, the pains and pleasures of returning to a country starkly different from the one I left in the early 1990s, and all things New York and America that I missed the most. From the Russians’ fashionable obsession with sushi to their medieval attitudes toward marriage, from extreme weather to popular tourist attractions, from personal struggles to national headlines, I attempted to chronicle the many things that baffled, frustrated and delighted me in this amazing country.
Then, just as I have settled into my Russian life, I have started to travel abroad monthly, sometimes more. I have gone to Asia and Africa, explored most corners of Europe and fallen utterly in love with France and the UK over dozens of visits. And so this blog has refocused too, chronicling my international adventures and what I learned along the way. I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride!