These guys are  great photographers from Smolensk. Their pictures give a pretty good impression of my city))

Weekend in Moscow I went bike riding through Moscow which isnt the safest thing to do; weaving in and out of traffic on a bicycle and roller blades. It’s incredible how Moscow is changing very fast in preparation for the Olympics. Moscow is becoming more beautiful every time I visit.    

I brought a suitcase full of American food to Russia thinking that I was bringing was something incredibly new, but really most of my students had already tried everything or the food I brought can be bought in the local grocery store. When I mentioned peanut butter half of my class piped up with an […]

“Первый блин всегда комом”- The first pancake is always messed up.  My first day went by pretty well. I was handed a couple of books and handouts and then led to a classroom with about 15 giggly Russian girls to fend for myself. About 90% of my students are girls because they are studying to be […]

When I took my first walk around Smolensk I was really shocked at how beautiful the city is. Everything is bigger and more beautiful than in pictures. The city is also not just beautiful but important to European history. There are probably hundreds of monuments and plaques around Smolensk documenting its +1150 year history starting […]

I took плацкарт or the sleeper train from Moscow to Smolensk on the 27th of September. The head of the English department picked me up from the train station and drove me to my dormitory. That night we went out for dinner and she told me I can stay in my dorm room for free! […]

My weeklong orientation in Moscow began by checking into our hotel Восход, which is about 20 minutes north of the Kremlin, and meeting the other Fulbrighters. It was  fun being around so many people who share an interest in Russia and learning Russian. At some points we would talk in a mixture of Russian and […]

I should start by giving a short recap of what I’ve done since graduating. My official last day of university at Florida State University was the 21st of June and I spent it on a boat with my roommate and sales professor swimming and fishing off the coast of St. Marks in the Mexican Gulf. […]

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the […]