Wednesday, January 26, 2011

photo madness

some random photos taken between late december and last weekend. random snippets of my life. will add more captions in time. will also do a post on the trip to petersburg at some point in the future.

taken by polly

so sleepy after traveling for a day and spending hours in the airport then traffic...

an indulgence since arriving in russia... hadn't eaten mcdonalds in 3+ years until i came here. this was during the infamous 9 hour car trip on the day i went searching for my mom. day after x-mas.

taken by polly

taken with polly's camera

taken by polly

taken by polly

taken by polly

taken by polly

mimosa jello shots, the best way to celebrate a friday afternoon/x-mas eve day

sweet mailboxes in polly's apartment building
taken by polly

taken with polly's camera, using a timer

Monday, January 24, 2011

I've got the bombs to make you blow, I've got the beats to make you bang

Frankly, this blog has been a bit of a ghost-town since my posting initially tapered off in the month of November. Nevertheless, I felt like I should at least mention the bombing at Domededovo airport: There was a bombing at Moscow's biggest airport. I only mention it because I live in the Moscow Region. There are always horrible things happening in the world and being reported about in the news. Honestly, I don't know what to say. I'm not good at this kind of stuff. A friend on facebook said this: "I don't think this will stop happening until the Russian government changes its policies toward the North Caucasus region. My heart goes out to the Russian people and to the people of the North Caucasus. This is so horrifying."

This is operating on the assumption that it was someone from the North Caucasus, of course, but given the hostile environment, it wouldn't be a surprise. I didn't write about it, but last month there were a lot of nationalistic, "Russia for Russians!" type protests happening after the killing of a Spartak (Moscow soccer team) fan, that involved a lot of danger for anyone not-white (here, this largely means people from the North Caucasus/Central Asia).

Here is a news article about the airport incident: There are others, too.

I guess it's a good thing my friends and I don't regularly hang out in airports.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Igloo-Friday failure

I had a two week break in which my mom came to visit, which was AWESOME, and we did stuff and had fun and there are some pictures and all of these things I will probably write about in more detail in the near-ish future. So just be patient.

In a disappointing turn of events, igloo Friday didn't quite come to fruition. I still hope to make it a tradition, perhaps starting next Friday. Polly's friend is in town visiting, and Oleg came over to Korolyov to help him register (you have to get officially registered in a city if you plan to be there longer than 3 business days and it helps to have a local resident vouching for you; this just involved a trip to the post office, filling out some forms and Evan paying 400 rubles, or about $13 ) and fix Polly's internet cable. So we dragged him into the forest with us in return. Here are some pictures from that:

Oleg and Polly, walking off into the distance

Wild puppies!!!!!!!

Signs telling us not to eat mushrooms and berries from the forest and that we're in an especially protected zone plus beautiful trees/sky/OMG there was some blue sky to be seen

Polly testing out the snow depth

And again...

Winter wonderland!

Evan with snow on his head, looking happy nevertheless

In some sort of tree/snow tunnel

Oleg being an angel/lucky that he didn't crack through the ice and die in some cold-ass water (I later confirmed my suspicions that this was some body of water via yandex maps satellite imaging)

Inspecting a decorated x-mas tree. Evan, don't eat the candy left on it!

Sun?! And sketchy-looking factory

Typical babushka, swinging a cake in one hand and a bunch of plastic bags in the other

So that was the majority of the day. Evan and I hung out for awhile while Polly was teaching, then I eventually moseyed home, stopping on the walk from the train station to my apartment to take a few more pictures. It was a lovely evening. In fact, all week has been very pleasant, as we in the Moscow area have been experiencing a bit of a heat wave. For most of the week temperatures hovered around 0C/32F!! Allegedly it's going to get cold soon (-20C! Ew!), but I'll believe it when I see it.

Taken from by the river that runs by my apartment, you can't see my actual building from here but you can trust that it looks identical to the other ones.

River/apartment blocks

Closer to my apartment

Shitty graffiti and soviet style playground right behind my building

More shitty graffiti

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Please standy

This Friday, the following are planned:

Korolyov. Forest. Igloo.


Stay tuned...