Category: In Ze Motherland (Russia)

  • Fake Russia

    Fake Russia

    It has been a crazy couple of weeks here at camp.  And not the ‘fun’ type of crazy: more like the ‘fml’ kind of crazy.  It’s also been very, very busy.  My teaching hours are far in excess of what I was told, and it’s six days a week once more.  I have afternoons free, […]

  • С днём рождения

    С днём рождения

    It’s my birthday today 🙂  I got up early of course, so that I could try to wrangle with Skype once more (I’ve since given up and am going to try Voxox from now on).  I also checked my emails, and this was one of the first birthday messages I received: Happy Birthday!!!:) I wish […]

  • The Last Week

    The Last Week

    Well, I’m done with camps and with ‘fake Russia’.  It’s been very strange being thrust into Russian culture once more, and it’s definitely clarified my thought with regard to whether I ever want to go back. The past couple of weeks have been much better, partly thanks to the staff, and partly thanks to my […]

  • Rock-Star Teaching

    Rock-Star Teaching

    I actually wrote yesterday’s post a few days before it went live, which has resulted in my needing to do a second ‘goodbye, teaching!’ post.  People also regularly ask me about my teaching philosophy and how it all works, so I figured it was time to write about it. The reason I’ve called this post ‘rock-star […]

  • Gay Russia

    Gay Russia

    Now that I’m no longer in Russia, or working for or with Russians, I can finally talk about something as ‘outrageous’ as attitudes toward homosexuality in Russia.  I just want to make it clear that I’m not breaking Russian law right now! “He signs with a girl’s name,” squealed one of my students.  “He must […]