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…

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…

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…

SWEATERS, SKINNIES AND BOOTS

Wool sweater, skinny cords, flat boots. This is what I am wearing today. This will be my uniform for the next 180 days known as The Russian Winter. What will vary from day to day will be the color and thickness of these items, the amount of undergarments that I will layer underneath to stay…

THE NEVERENDING WINTER

I am writing my inaugural blog post as a blizzard rages outside, on a -25C night. It’s March 22nd, and this isn’t some freak storm. It has been snowing for a few hours almost every day for the last 2 weeks. For the last month, the first webpage I visit when I wake up is…