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Today I was thinking about all the American women Russophiles I know, and realized that they’re all of a certain ilk (myself included): kinda crunchy, kinda nerdy (in a good way, ladies), feminist, not inclined to wear lots of makeup or stiletto heels, vegetarian or vegetarian-sympathizers… you know the type. The ironic thing is, this is the exact opposite of the stereotypical Russian woman. We come here and stick out like sore thumbs. Whatever it is that makes an American girl want to study Russian, it’s got little to do with reality.

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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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