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A little blog about my travels to Tyumen, Siberia. July 15-September 1st.

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Aug 20
More or less Jeff and Amy’s Kitchen :P
I showed this picture to them, and they LOLed.
As did I.
If this really were their kitchen, this is what I would say about it:

Every morning, at 3 AM, I wake up and get the fire started in their pre-Soviet era stove. Sometimes we have wood, sometimes we don’t. On the good days, when we have wood, I sometimes have to jump-start the stove because the wood is wet. I use vodka to give it a bit of a kick. There’s usually plenty handy.
On the bad days, I have to get up earlier and - wrapping myself up in a greasy polar bear fur-coat - forage in the frozen predawn. Sometimes I find an abandoned hovel and pry off the intricate molding with my cracked and bleeding hands. When I can’t, I have to use cow-patties from a wandering herd of bovine on the city square, or maybe steal some boards from the neighbor’s fence. When all else fails, we burn cats. They are greasy here, so they burn well. Black cats burn best, just ask anyone.
After the fire is lit, we put a block of ice in a pot and pray to the saints that it will have melted by six o’clock. If the fire is dying, we throw on a cat soaked in turpentine for good measure. Once the water has melted, we wash our dirty faces and dress for the day
The End.

I hope you enjoyed my story.

More or less Jeff and Amy’s Kitchen :P

I showed this picture to them, and they LOLed.

As did I.

If this really were their kitchen, this is what I would say about it:

Every morning, at 3 AM, I wake up and get the fire started in their pre-Soviet era stove. Sometimes we have wood, sometimes we don’t. On the good days, when we have wood, I sometimes have to jump-start the stove because the wood is wet. I use vodka to give it a bit of a kick. There’s usually plenty handy.

On the bad days, I have to get up earlier and - wrapping myself up in a greasy polar bear fur-coat - forage in the frozen predawn. Sometimes I find an abandoned hovel and pry off the intricate molding with my cracked and bleeding hands. When I can’t, I have to use cow-patties from a wandering herd of bovine on the city square, or maybe steal some boards from the neighbor’s fence. When all else fails, we burn cats. They are greasy here, so they burn well. Black cats burn best, just ask anyone.

After the fire is lit, we put a block of ice in a pot and pray to the saints that it will have melted by six o’clock. If the fire is dying, we throw on a cat soaked in turpentine for good measure. Once the water has melted, we wash our dirty faces and dress for the day

The End.

I hope you enjoyed my story.


Aug 19
Standing in the Moscow River, two young women embrace as they wait their turn to be baptized into the Russian Baptist church. (1993)

Standing in the Moscow River, two young women embrace as they wait their turn to be baptized into the Russian Baptist church. (1993)


Jul 31
An abandoned church in Tyumen.

An abandoned church in Tyumen.


Jul 30
The Russian Graffiti is just  so amazing. I mean, look at this. It’s on a wall. It might not last  another year before it’s wiped off by weather or covered over.
I just have a lot to think about when it comes to Russia. What is the  soul of Russia? According to some, it is a glimmer of light through the  heart of darkness. It is finding art within this broken world.
Russia…oh Russia.

The Russian Graffiti is just so amazing. I mean, look at this. It’s on a wall. It might not last another year before it’s wiped off by weather or covered over.

I just have a lot to think about when it comes to Russia. What is the soul of Russia? According to some, it is a glimmer of light through the heart of darkness. It is finding art within this broken world.

Russia…oh Russia.


Jul 28

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Jul 23
Две бабушки и дедушки
Two grandmothers and a grandad.
They were so sweet/funny/Russian. 
We were flyering the city of Tyumen for English Club, inviting the children to come. These old ladies were like the “Neighborhood Watch”. They offered pigeons to us - if we could catch them, they were free. 
(They look worried, but they were all smiles normally)

Две бабушки и дедушки

Two grandmothers and a grandad.

They were so sweet/funny/Russian.

We were flyering the city of Tyumen for English Club, inviting the children to come. These old ladies were like the “Neighborhood Watch”. They offered pigeons to us - if we could catch them, they were free.

(They look worried, but they were all smiles normally)


Capitalism sounds like this: Pew-pew!!
Graffiti on the street near our flat.

Capitalism sounds like this: Pew-pew!!

Graffiti on the street near our flat.


Jul 21
Some Vintage Russian Kiddies. So cute ^_^

Some Vintage Russian Kiddies. So cute ^_^


Jul 20
Flashflood in Mother Russia today.

Flashflood in Mother Russia today.


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