MOSCOW EATS: A CALL TO ‘ACTION’

On Fridays my colleagues and I usually go out for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. In recent years many places have taken to offering wallet-friendly lunch specials, usually referred to bizness-lunch / бизнес-ланч menus – a welcome development in a city that for decades has been hovering at the top of the ‘Most Expensive Cities‘ lists. Another way…

OF MOTHERS AND PRESIDENTS

Yesterday I gave a tour of our studios to the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who stopped by to give us an interview on his way to the Arctic Forum  with presidents of Russia and Finland. We also chatted for a good bit of time. It was completely unexpected — I am not sure…

FRATASTIC FUCKTARDS

For my job, practically all the work I do is in English. In the office I speak a mix of English and Russian, even though there are no other expats or semi-expats among my colleagues (it took me a year to get comfortable with this – when I started out, my Russian was completely dormant).…

HAPPY HOURS

Contrary to the awesome American custom of “Hey, it’s my birthday — everybody take me out to dinner and buy me drinks!,” in Russia it is the duty of the birthday guy/gal to throw a small feast for friends/ colleagues/ relatives. Actually, for all of the above.* This past Friday saw a birthday of two of my…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

To my other home! Since I got to work this morning my colleagues have been showering me with ‘Happy Independence Day!’ greetings – because to them I am an American. I should have asked for a day off, especially because it’s a perfect beach day. Instead we went out to McDonald’s for lunch, to  observe…