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Just a quick post, as I have a lesson to teach in two hours and I have to prepare for it. Yes, a lesson! Earning money! What a novel concept.

I spent the weekend in a little village in the middle of nowhere drinking milk fresh from the cow, eating shashlik, getting beaten with birch leaves in a real old-school Russian banya, getting a million mosquito bites and searching fruitlessly for hedgehogs. It was great.

I was reminded that some of the things that bug me about Russia really have more to do with St. Petersburg being a big city than with Russia per se. It’s like what my college advisor, a native New Yorker, said about New York: “You have everything you want, and everything you don’t want.” It’s kinda true of any metropolis: you’ve got your nice cafes, your mobile phone access, your armed robbers and your stinky drunks on the metro.

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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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