Category: "Foreigner life in Russia"

Registration

by Don  

Once you arrive in Russia you have to register with the Federal Migration Service. The ?Federal? part probably doesn't sound odd to the reader, but it's freaky to me since that word is fairly new in the Russian lexicon, spreading widely only… more »

Ten reasons why it's frustrating to talk with Russians

by Don  

I have a new language partner for the summer. He has reinforced the following impressions. They speak at machine gun fire rate. It takes a major effort for them to slow down to talk to foreigners. And if they talk at machine gun rate and are using… more »

Morning tasks

by Don  

Walk to grocery store. Buy kefir, sour cream, sausage, cheese, and toilet paper. Walk to market to buy khinkali (Georgian pelmeni with broth inside) and pelmeni. Go to cafe and read. Talk about a gloriously lazy day... more »

Unexpected joy

by Don  

I just realized today that something curious has happened with my Russian. I've begun to read for pleasure. Let me explain. When I was in college/grad school, all the Russian I read was for my coursework. In other words, it was to read to meet some… more »

The trials of getting a Russian visa

by Don  

The July 5th edition of the Washington Post has a very realistic take on the difficulties of getting a Russian visa. Here is a mirror. more »