Category Archives: Russia

The silver lining

It’s been over 6 months since we had to flee Turkey as the post-coup crackdown started to affect foreign staff who worked for the universities closed down after the coup. When I first arrived, still in shock over how abruptly … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Turkey!

I could hear his end of the conversation and I heard him saying “Oh, they are here now? Oh dear!”.  He ended the call, turned to me and said, “We have to leave, NOW!” To the bewilderment of the visa … Continue reading

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Lazy Cappadocia Trip on Republic Day

One thing I loved about living in Russia was how many public holidays there were. Around 10 days for New Year, 5-7 days for May holidays (Labor Day and Victory Day), and then a few one-day holidays sprinkled throughout the … Continue reading

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From Siberia to Turkey (via Moscow)

Our trip to Turkey started with a trip to Moscow, and our trip to Moscow started with something I had always been afraid of: us missing our flight.

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Workaholism is not contagious

From the moment we landed in Novosibirsk, we`ve been dying to get back to teaching full-time.  We`ve hardly been back a week when Mike was invited to speak at a conference for ESL teachers at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University. This … Continue reading

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Homecoming to Siberia

We (I) haven’t posted since we came back to Russia – first it was jet-lag, then culture shock and then work. Yes, I am aware that I was born here and lived here most of my life, but I still … Continue reading

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Return trip

So we bought our tickets back to Russia, where we want to stay for the summer before moving to a yet unknown location overseas.We will have had 3 summer in a row (with a bit of spring mixed in)! It’ll … Continue reading

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