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How Expensive is Moscow, Really?

Well, according to the Mercer Consulting Company, Moscow is the fourth most expensive city in the world. A cup of coffee can be between $7 and $9. Metro tickets cost about $1 per ride. Monthly rent for a 1 bedroom … Continue reading

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Homesick

Fellow expats, do you feel like you function at the same level in a foreign country as you do in your home country? A friend of mine recently reviewed a book on cross-cultural living. While written specifically for missionaries, I … Continue reading

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“Being a Foreigner is Like Being Pregnant”: Quote of the Week

“…being a foreigner, Ashima is beginning to realize, is a sort of lifelong pregnancy – a perpetual wait, a constant burden, a continuous feeling out of sorts. It is an ongoing responsibility, a parenthesis in what had once been ordinary … Continue reading

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A new year back in Moscow

I woke up jet-lagged to a cement-gray sky and rain drops slashing the window. It took me a few seconds to remember which part of the world I was in – Florida, Minnesota and New York have faded away and … Continue reading

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Moscow Mad Men

Economist husband and I have really gotten into the show Mad Men the last few weeks. We have the first two seasons on a hard drive, and have been watching an episode (or two!) when we come home from work … Continue reading

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Back to Russia: Culture Shock

Stepping off our calm, clean, air-conditioned Lufthansa flight it’s severe culture shock in the Domodedovo airport. It’s late, late at night. The sun has set and the lights are yellow. Someone is cleaning the floor. Flights from Germany, Kyrgyzstan and … Continue reading

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Three Year Veteran

This week marks the three year anniversary of my arrival in Russia. In Moscow’s ever-shifting expat world, that makes me practically a veteran. I’ve definitely had various stages of shock and adjustment over the last three years. Finally feeling adjusted … Continue reading

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