Career Break

The Places I Long to Return To

The longer I’ve been home after my 13 month journey through the former Soviet Union, the more I’ve been thinking about the places I want to go back to.  As I ponder my future travel destinations, I am torn between discovering new places or returning to some of those that I am dying to explore …

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Dasha's class

A Day in a Russian School

Dasha knocked on my door around 8:20, asking if I was ready to go. She had shyly asked me the night before if I could come to her school that day.  Her English teacher was excited that a real live American was living with her and wanted me to visit the school to meet the …

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marshrutkas, Chisinau, Moldova

Mastering the Marshrutka

Marshrutka. In Russian, it means “fixed route.” In short, it is basically a mini-bus, the age, size and comfort of which may vary greatly. It is also the preferred method of public transportation in much of the former Soviet Union. Whether you are going across town, across the country, or across a border, chances are …

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