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For some reason I have been getting more random Friendster messages than usual, always from men (boys), usually from southeast Asia. Should I put something in my profile like “I am interested in making new friends, but if you write to me, at least say something that indicates we have a common interest”? Probably not — it’s clear such people aren’t concerned with the content of the profiles anyway:

hello. my name is mehmet.25 years old and from

turkei in ankara…

I look a holiday friend and see your profile.

my job a military officer and I want contack with

you If u want talk me….

I; from turkei in ankara but summer living a antalya


if u want a holiday with me pls contack with me

I realy and very sure want a friend with


see you later nice girlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Hmm, a holiday in Turkey does sound nice, but I’ll save the 25-year-old military officer for Terry.

It’s been a busy few days. School is good. My classmates, all from China and Taiwan, are really sweet and welcoming and helpful. My concerns about being bored in Phonetics class have dissipated somewhat — they all speak quite well — but we’ll find out for sure tomorrow. On the whole, they seem to have better grammar and vocabularies than I do. The group is hard, but not over my head.

The weather got warm yesterday, and by “warm” I mean “above freezing.” It was raining lightly yesterday and today, which has made things pretty slippery.

The apartment’s in good shape now, so we’ve scheduled our housewarming party. It’ll be next Friday, the 10th. Looking forward to it.

I guess I can say I’ve officially started job hunting, as I e-mailed my resume to a few places this evening. I’m not feeling particularly confident about my Russian in a professional setting, but I guess I just have to get over that and try.

I learned something important yesterday. Being drunk makes a metro ride go much faster, but it makes it harder to walk on the ice. I didn’t fall, but it took every ounce (er, gram) of concentration not to.

Today I learned not to bother looking in lots of different shops for little things (e.g. shower curtain rings), but rather go right to the big department store, Gostiniy Dvor. The little shops don’t have what you want, and GD isn’t that overpriced as long as you’re not looking for designer clothes.

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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