Springs Have Sprung

Springs Have Sprung

In most places the first sign of spring is a robin or a green blade of grass or a crocus poking its shy head out of the ground. In Siberia the first sign is a trickle of melting snow. This winter it snowed more than usual, and it has stayed colder longer.   For the...
Siberian Easter

Siberian Easter

Easter, or Pascha, as it’s called in Russian, came early this year. Yet the Siberian winter weather in no way quelled the joyous note. The long-awaited exchange “Christos voskres! Voistinu voskres!” (“Christ is risen!” “He is risen indeed!”) sounded with as much vigor...
A Paschal Feast for the Eyes

A Paschal Feast for the Eyes

Easter isn’t just a Sunday: it’s a whole season of the church year. The Feast of the Resurrection continues for 50 days. In Russia, an important feast-food is eggs. I’m a sucker for eggs. No, that doesn’t sound right. Let me rephrase: I really have a weakness for...
Spring Snowstorm

Spring Snowstorm

  Novosibirsk is in the throes of a typical March snowstorm. It’s really coming down. For days now the ice has been covered with a new layer of snow–very treacherous for walking and driving. None of this will last long, with the high temperatures hovering a...
Siberian Spring

Siberian Spring

Ah, spring! The time of love, the singing of birds, flowers, greening grass, budding trees … No, wait, wrong place! Here spring is the time of melting snow, ice, more melting, more snow, more ice. Oh, yes, and the time for youth to lose their heads in love, if they...