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In this post I described the complexity and inefficiency of sending a package from Russia and concluded by saying that I expected it would take two months for our packages to get to us. Well, I have to print a partial retraction, because our packages actually were here waiting for us when we arrived two weeks ago. I wasn’t entirely surprised – when the bill for the packages totaled 4500 rubles I suspected that they were sending them by fast mail rather than the most economical method. So, we might have been able to save some money. But then, we’d have spent the next few months worrying about whether the snow would arrive before our coats and boots. At least now we are prepared for the Swedish winter, which I’m kind of dreading. Although I’ve spent two winters in St. Petersburg, I’m still not used to how short the warm season is at 60 degrees north. You get to wear your summer clothes for a couple of weeks, maximum; for most of the “summer” it’s trousers and jackets. Sigh.

A street in downtown.

A square in a historic neighborhood near the dorm. Swedish kids playing in a puddle.

Between the university and the dorm, we see a lot of different things:

a ski jump

a forest

a very nice cemetery

and often, some really freaky clouds.

Can’t believe I have a seminar at 8:15 this morning. I thought being a student meant not having to get up early. :-)

We had a nice weekend. Living in the international student ghetto dorm has its drawbacks, but you do get to meet interesting people. On Saturday night we went to visit a Canadian/Swedish couple at their place. They have an actual apartment. The only international students who managed to get apartments are those who live with Swedish friends or partners. The monopolist housing company in this town discriminates against foreigners. They keep telling us there aren’t any vacant apartments, but there’s one right across from the Canadian/Swedish couple.

I’ve got some photos to post, but I’ll do it after my seminar…

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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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