Category: In Ze Motherland (Russia)

  • On the same page

    On the same page

    “When was the last time you helped somebody?”, asked one of the Volunteer Managers for the Sochi Winter Olympics earlier today.  I asked him to clarify whether he meant at work, in general, or just on the street, and gave him an example of each.  I then railed (railing is kind of my thing nowadays)  about […]

  • Bread and bears

    Bread and bears

    There are some things my students would like you to know about Russia. This all started because we were doing a mind-mapping exercise as a warm-up.  Basically, you write something in the middle of the page (in this case, ‘blue’ – which was a bit funny as it’s slang for ‘gay’ in Russian) and then […]

  • Just too close

    Just too close

    (the themesong for today’s post – if you, like me, consider dubstep ‘music’). “You shouldn’t drink with Russians,” said one of my adult students a few days ago.  “They can’t stop, and it will be dangerous for you.” “They can’t stop drinking, or can’t stop themselves?” I asked. “Both.  Actually, this is a big problem […]

  • Toasts


    aka ‘How to drink Vodka like a Russian.’ In Russia, the traditional process for drinking vodka is as follows: The vodka should be stored in the freezer prior to serving Before drinking, everybody should stand Make a toast – it should be to something positive, and to something that is happening/has happened Shot the vodka […]

  • Yes, yes I did.

    Yes, yes I did.

    Judging from the inundation of emails asking whether I quit or not, I figured I’d better write a quick post to confirm that yes, I did in fact resign yesterday.  I only resigned from one school, so will still be working three days a week, and thereby retain (a) my awesome groups and (b) my visa. […]