Crazy for Cosmos

Day two in classes; started off just as tired but 30 minutes later. Fair enough trade off as far as I’m concerned. The food from the cafeteria ended up being pretty good, which was a fun surprise. Breakfast was some nice porridge, cream blini, an egg and tea, which was a large spread and very filling….

Feeling Not-So-Fancy at the Ballet

First day of school for what, the twenty-first time? I can’t keep track anymore, but this was definitely one of the better ones. We started with a group breakfast for the last time, and I actually got a vegan porridge because Asya is a blessing and ordered it without milk. It tasted like home, plus…

Russian Man, Take My Hand

An early morning after a late night – god what an awful combination. I woke up with maybe 20 minutes to spare before we were on the go, meaning a frazzled Liz and no breakfast. Alas, I ended up making it through the day with no hunger pains or napping, so that was good. We…

Take Me To Church (And the Club)

Getting up this morning was not happening, and it ended up as a frantic rush for food. While we knew where things were in Moscow, this is a new city and most places are still closed for the holiday or not open until 10, which is unfortunately our start time for everything. We ended up…

Settling In To Saint Petersburg

So from here on out it’s no more Moscow, but some blini this morning made the fact a bit more bearable 🙂 After a quick breakfast we left for the train station about 90 minutes early, which Asya had some snarky commentary about. What a gem. There was snow this morning, which I’d been hoping to see…

Standing Around, Spacing Out

Today was off to a leisurely 9 am wakeup, followed by a slow wandering down to the Marketplace from yesterday for some more blini and syrniki. I also got an arabic gingerbread drink today, which was delicious and made with coffee, milk, halva syrup, honey and beniseed. Definitely will attempt to replicate this at home because it…

Moscow Meanderings

A new year, a new country to explore – happy 2018 from Russia! Today is the start of my ~3 weeks in Russia, courtesy of a winter program through my college; it’s a pretty sweet deal. I’ll be in Moscow for the next few days then catch a train to St. Petersburg, where I’ll be…

I’m So Over Outcrops

Geology is so not my vibe, and yet here we are on day #toomany of geo stuff. Today we spent hours in the hot sun, driving from outcrop to outcrop to sketch a whole buttload of rocks. There are so many layers of fallen sediment, with various sizes, textures, fall patterns and we got up…

I Punched A Hot Spring!

The day was hot and things were steamy up in here! We went to the nearby thermal pools, location uncertain, to do some low-key science investigation. And by that I mean walk around a nice little path littered with thermal pools and bubbling mud pits. Scientific power of observation, am I right? There were some…

It’s Getting Steamy Over Here

This one is a day I’ll have to come back to, but we mapped out a bunch of geologic features at a geyser park that was pretty sweet. After that we settled into ski lodges in a national park on Mount Ruapehu, where we’ll be staying for about a week. I’m posting these in day…

Take Another Look: Locked In With The Land

Revisiting places is always a mixed bags; places can seem way more beautiful, lose the magic they held in your memory, take on a whole new light and plenty of other experiences. Today ended up being the latter, with the group taking a peek at most of our field sites for a second time as…

Eels Need A Hand (Since They Have None Of Their Own)

Have you ever thought of eels, besides the electric ones and those popular for eating in Japan? No? I didn’t really think of them much myself, until today at least. They’re the shizz in New Zealand, culturally important to the Maori people and a keystone species in the ecosystem. The little buggers slowly squirm their…