In my multi-day conversation with my host about gender and race, she told me that she believes racism does not exist in Russia and is only a problem in the U.S. She was rather insistent on this, which shocked me given how she could not understand my reasoning for promoting diversity of political representatives. I … Continue reading More on Racism in Russia
This week was rough. I feel like this blog is where I vent feelings, so do not get the idea that everything is horrible in Russia. I am learning a lot, culturally and linguistically. I’m making new friends, visiting neat places and trying new foods. I’m growing SO much as a person and I constantly … Continue reading Dealing with Discrimination
If you have been following my Moscow blog since day one, you might remember that on my very first post I wrote how one of my fears was to get yelled at by a babushka at a grocery store. I wrote how this happened to a friend who once studied abroad in Russia because he … Continue reading Asking where the Soap Hotel is in the Grocery Store
Last week I learned a word that cannot really be translated into English, a word that is specific to the Russian language and culture. That word is “Бардак” [bardak]. It translates to “mess” on Google Translate, but that does not explain the full nuances of the word. I definitely do not understand all the nuances … Continue reading Бардак — Functioning in Chaos
1/27/19 Here’s an old post I wrote on the second day of being at my new host house. Today I was so frustrated with my host that, in complete honesty, I felt like crying at a few points. This feeling is actually quite a common experience — each time I study abroad, I get it … Continue reading Host Home Stresses
About two weeks ago I landed in Russia, and about one week ago I started living with my new host family and going to my classes at the university. I am hoping to make a post on all of these new things soon, but wanted to update first why it took me so long to … Continue reading I bought an egg!