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Featured Student Notes
I’ve returned from Moscow, safe and sound! It was my first taste of travel, and I have to say, I absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait to travel again. Hands down one of the best weekends of my life—not THE best, but it’s definitely up there.
Thursday was a busy day. I intended to come right home after school, but I had a meeting with my RD and I stopped to buy flowers for my host family. Friday, in case you missed it, was International Women’s Day. Yes that’s a holiday. And yes, I will forever celebrate it. It can tend to be a rather expensive holiday, as you’re supposed to recognize all the women who contribute something to your life (teachers, family, etc.) but it’s the greatest feeling in the world getting flowers, just for being you. I bought Babushka and Ira a lit...
My wonderful whirlwind – and decidedly last‐minute – weekend trip to Russia’s “northern capital” was, as so many things here are, born of the fortuitous confluence of coincidence and circumstance. This is not my first stint in Moscow, nor my longest to date, and it surely won’t be my last; one technique I learned long ago to ensure my happiness here is to welcome spontaneity, to keep my eyes and mind open all the time, and to suspend my expectations that things will be as I imagine them to be. They never are.
Some longtime friends of mine, Moscow journalists with whom I worked several years ago, were headed to St. Petersburg for a long work weekend and suggested I come up to meet them. After hemming and hawing for days about the price of the train fare (two months in this ...