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…

BIG CITY LIFE

Who doesn’t like Big Dick? Sorry, that’s Mr. Big Dick, and if you don’t know him yet, you must check out his always-hilarious, often-wise and totally SFW (despite a NSFW name) blog The Big Dick Chronicles about life, love, sex, marriage and other adventures right away. Mr. BD also happens to live in  MiddleOfNowhere, Missouri…

PROCESS STORIES*

(*anyone who gets this reference gets a cookie) Over the last year and a half Home & Away has become the most satisfying, frustrating, and time-consuming creative outlet of my life, and it’s worth every minute I spend on it. The entirely unforeseen benefit of this experiment has been connecting with other bloggers, such as…

LAND OF THE DEAD

With the snow gone and the sun bright and high up in the sky, the weeding-digging-plowing-fertilizing-and-planting season begins. Working the land over the May Holidays is a venerated Russian tradition. Just try getting out of the city after 6 pm on April 30th – every outbound highway is backed up with nature-starved and duty-bound Muscovites…

BITTERSWEET CELEBRATION

Victory Day is the most unifying holiday in Russia, because there is hardly a family in the entire country that was not personally touched by the tragedy of the Second World War. The day is filled with joy, gratitude and celebration of veterans — of all wars, but especially The Greatest Generation. There are parades,…

SPRING AND THE CITY

Last week I was asked what is my favorite place to go to in the Spring. My answer might seem frustratingly vague, but here it is: my favorite place to be in the Spring, in Moscow is…an outdoor cafe. It doesn’t matter where it’s located, or the kind of food it serves, or how good…