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. 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, potatoes, sour cream, birch forests, mushroom picking and dacha.
About Home & Away
Expat life. Russian art. Destination — Moscow. A bit of travel beyond.
Here I recount all sorts of socio-cultural oddities of living in Moscow, the pains and pleasures of returning to a country which is starkly different from the one I left more than 15 years ago, and all things New York and America that I miss 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 attempt to chronicle all things that baffle, frustrate and delight me in this amazing country.
Special thanks go out to my wonderful friends Jenna and Mark D., whose linguistic, creative and technological savvy helped me create this blog and whose ongoing guidance is responsible for maintaining H&A’s any semblance of quality in both content and appearance. Also huge bow of gratitude to the wonderful ‘blogger friends’ community, which I didn’t even know existed when I started writing, but that has been motivating, supporting and inspiring me since.