Siberian Fall

Siberian Fall

The Russian poet Alexandr Pushkin wrote a lot about autumn. In his novel in verse Eugene Onegin he beautifully sums up the nature of the season in Russia: Golden fall has come; Nature, trembling, pale, Is luxuriantly decked out like a sacrifice. This is certainly an...
That Hard American Way of Life

That Hard American Way of Life

Strange as it may seem, people who live overseas often have less trouble adapting to the new culture than they have readjusting to the old. At least that’s the case with me. Here are a few of the more difficult transitions I have to make every time I return to the...
If You Walk in the Woods

If You Walk in the Woods

Akademgorodok (something like “University City”) was founded in the 1950s and 1960s as the seat of Novosibirsk State University and a number of scientific institutes. Its planners strove to make it a nice place for scientists and scholars to live and work. It was and...