Categories: "Russian life" or "Ironing"

Safe and sound in Kazan

by Don  

I'm in my apartment in Kazan. My landlady brought the cable modem for the internet and I set it up, but it didn't work because there was no money on the account. Makes perfect sense. These things are all pre-paid in Russia. So I wandered to the… more »

Why is there a ladder in my bathroom?

by Don  

Because I need a place to dry my laundry, which ends up being on the shower curtain rod, which is higher than I can comfortable reach. If I'm putting something on a hanger, the reach is fine. Things like underwear and socks I can slingshot up there,… more »

Walking

by Don  

Since I don?t have a car here, and since I?m a complete tightwad, I end up usually taking public transport or walking. And one does a lot of walking. Here?s a summary of today?s walking, with thanks to Google Maps for being able to calculate… more »

American plans, Russian plans

by Don  

In 2010 in Kazan at one of our student meetings, I met a Russian kid by the name of Danila. He made a good impression on me; we occasionally kept in touch by e-mail. In 2011 he came to the US on a temporary work visa to South Carolina. Although some… more »

Garden

by Don  

Now I have to tell you about the garden here. Russians love their gardens. In the summertime, if a family has a dacha, they head out of town and plant as much as they possibly to prepare for winter. Danila's family actually has a private home just… more »

Prices

by Don  

One of the things that is interesting, although difficult to make final comparisons on, is prices between the US and Russia. Here are a couple I have made today. Item US Russia New iPad 32 Gb 4G $729 $1100 Samsung Galaxy S III (unlocked, no… more »

Here's why

by Don  

Russian students still have to learn handwriting. ="http://shininghappypeople.net/blogs/media/blogs/kazan-2012/July/handwriting.jpg" alt="" title="" width="430" height="271" /> It reads: Nail, You've got a leak. It has flooded our ceiling. The… more »

Cold showers

by Don  

Dear Residents! The hot water will be turned off in your building from 25 June 2012 through 15 July 2012 due to maintenance and pressure testing of the heating systems. Yup, cold showers every day. This is standard during the summer in Russia.… more »

Amazing student cafe

by Don  

Our students in Kazan this year will be in classrooms at the Institute of Economics, Management and Law. I inspected their newest building a couple weeks ago and mentioned that their student cafe was remarkable, done up as a cityscape of Singapore. My… more »

Iron (part one)

by Don  

This morning my iron threw globby black crud onto one of my favorite shirts. I had noticed the black stuff on day one here, and I had tried the iron out first on an old towel to see if the stuff would come off. For the first two weeks none did. All… more »

Iron (part two)

by Don  

I was reasonably proud of my iron cleaning the other day. Then I decided that I should try it out on another cloth. The cloth was made in China and labeled 100% cotton. I ironed. White-grayish crud accumulated on the iron, just like you would expect… more »

USB modem, frisky weather

by Don  

My home internet sometimes shuts down from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Busiest time of the day. And today it's been out entirely, so I went to Megafon, one of the local wireless carriers, and reactivated the USB modem I bought last year. Working well.… more »

Flamp

by Don  

I registered with flamp.ru, a website that specializes in restaurant/cafe reviews. I posted my review of ????? ????????? here. Kind of fun. Of course, you have to read Russian to get it. It's kind of funny, really. I wouldn't usually… more »

Hot water has returned

by Don  

Ah, the hot water is back this morning! Let's see, it was supposed to come back on on July 7, and today is August 3rd, so that makes it a mere 27 days late. Of course I was entirely expecting this, so one can hardly stress out about it. I just hope… more »

Why I don't want to drive in Russia: reason #1

by Don  

This is in the middle of the intersection of ul. Moskovskaya and ul. Mezhlauka, at rush hour, with nothing marking the problem hole. And I've never seen anyone drive into it. Seriously, you have to have a much better developed driving skill set here… more »