I’ve Been SEAduced

Today started after 9 hours of sleep, a much-needed contrast to my Sunday morning. After lazily putting ourselves together around 8 o’clock, the group headed out in search of breakfast. We ended up at Neri’s Tacos, which is a magic stand that gives your 3 tacos/BZ$1, or 50┬ó in US currency. Slam dunk. I actually…

You’d Best Belize I’m At It Again

Hi all, welcome back to my daily life abroad! I’m in Belize for 6 weeks this time, working for my school as an environmental conservation educator via the Coral Reef Ed-Ventures program. This adventure technically started on Tuesday, but all the buildup was in Massachusetts and not nearly as exciting as I expect the rest…

Roll Out Russia

Our last day was one of travel and that’s really it – we left the hostel at 8, made it to the airport pretty earlier, and jumped from St. Pete to Moscow before our long trek home actually began. As usual we were left to our own devices, although Evgeny did ask if I’d ever…

I’m Walking On Water (Whoa!)

Not walking on sunshine, whoa no! So it’s 2 am and we’re leaving the hostel in 6 hours, so there’s literally no time to write this post ­čśŽ What I’m doing instead is posting all of my pictures, brief captions, and going back to this (and every other half-finished post) when I land in the…

We Came, We Studied, We Conquered

It’s been more than two weeks in Saint Petersburg now, and our time at HSE has come to its end. I can’t believe our last day of classes was today, but here we are; it’s Friday and we’re free. I don’t want to forget some of the ‘mundane’ parts of our daily life here, so…

Sold Out of the Service

Have you ever heard the Polish national anthem? No? Me neither; it doesn’t tend to come up in casual conversation for me. Alexander, however, is a man of culture and brought it up today (amongst many, many other topics). One of the lines is “Poland has not perished yet”, something he found particularly morbid yet…

Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

Nicholas II was a man of many endeavors. He really wanted to be popular with the people, and he had many attempts at this. One of his ideas was to produce stamps with his face on them, which led to chaos. The mail services shut down for a week as people faced inner turmoil. There…

Horsing Around Downtown

How many ways can a man assert his dominance? Let’s find out. One, two, three . . . done counting, done with the whole imperialism thing. The Russian Empire wasn’t though, at least not a century ago, as we talked about today. Our history professor Alexander wrote up a slide including all of the titles…

Museum Madness: Literally Losing My Mind

The sweet sounds of pounding wood and a screaming lady don’t often welcome me as I start my day, but today seemed to be a special occasion. At 7 am sharp the whole room was startled awake by the rattling of a doorknob and insanely loud shouting going down outside of the room. I was…

Got Gold? Beets? Vodka?

I’m too damn wiped to write about it now, but enjoy all the pictures for now!! I’m putting a brief info bit for each block so y’all have some context for where the heck I was and why. I promise it’s gonna be a good post to revisit when it’s done though (to be linked…

Don’t Go Rushin’ Through Russian Art

Siberia seems like a wild place. So does a lot of Russia, but I’m bringing in the focus a bit. Today’s cultural capital/history class was all about talking traditions and different ways of expressing religion, looking into rural Russia before moving to Siberia. We started with┬áGlocken aus der Tiefe: Glaube und Aberglaube in Ru├čland (Bells…