appreciating the finer things – adventures in Russia

My brief stint in Russia has opened my eyes and mind to a whole new world of arts and architecture I didn’t know existed before. Before coming here, I had never paid much attention to church architecture outside of Notre Dame in Paris and definitely had no appreciation for the unique Russian architecture with its…

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Being brown

I’ve been thinking about this issue quite a bit which is why it’s my first Moscow Musing entry. For the sake of context, I am of Indian origin and most of the time pass for East Asian or Pacific Islander depending on how tan I am (or not) and my hair color. Whenever I meet…

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Moscow Musings

It’s hard to believe but my time in Moscow is winding down… 2.5 weeks to go!!!! It seems like just yesterday that I arrived in Moscow on Victory Day weekend and was jet lagged for almost a week. And now I’ve spent 2.5 months here without even realizing it! It’s definitely been a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.…

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Sergiev Posad

Arriving at Sergiev Posad station Just made a day trip to Sergiev Posad on the famous golden ring outside of Moscow. It’s an easy 1.5 hr train ride from Moscow or even 30 mins provided you catch the morning express train. Trains leave regularly (every 30-40 mins) from the Yaroslavsky vokzhal (train station) in Moscow.…

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cafe find in Moscow, Russia

I recently came across a wonderful cafe in Moscow called Friends Forever. Paying homage to New York City with its decor and vibe, it’s a perfect Sunday morning brunch spot!    

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In a Moscow Minute

Whenever people ask me how I like Moscow, the first thing I gush about is the Moscow Metro. In the beginning I found the metro system intimidating with it’s lack of English signage, policemen waiting menacingly at the entrances and the nine million Moscovites who use it daily, who always seem to be in a…

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White Nights in St. Pete

Travel Summary: Where to stay I stayed at the Apple Hostel which I have some mixed reviews about. What’s great about it is the location which is right off Nevisky Prospekt and the people who work there are probably the most helpful I have ever met at a hostel and spoke great English. The kitchen offers free…

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Smoke without fire

World No Tobacco Day was yesterday. As World Health Organization states, the purpose of this annual event started in 1987 is to give a global platform to address the tobacco epidemic and its effects. Being in Russia during this time of the year makes this event especially interesting for me. On my daily commute to…

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