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St. Petersburg, Russia – Some Things Lost Some Things Gained
Apr 24

St. Petersburg, Russia – Some Things Lost Some Things Gained
By Dave

Being Russian in America isn’t a big deal. If you hear Russian on thesubway, you might glance, and then think nothing of it. However, in Russia, being American attracts its fair share of attention. This is both good and bad. On the subway in the morning, speaking English definitely attracts attention. This is the kind of attention I generally don’t care for, as you don’t feel very discrete.

St. Petersburg, Russia – The White Nights
Apr 19

St. Petersburg, Russia – The White Nights
By Dave

I’ll never understand why I always hear about how much Americans go to McDonalds. Never have I seen such long lines at McDonalds as I have in Europe (Italy too). It’s ridiculous. Imagine four of the longest lines you’ve ever seen in America. I’m finding it impossible to escape from my accent. When I want to look like I am Russian, I generally keep my head tilted downwards and remove any trace of a smile,

St. Petersburg, Russia – Starting Class
Apr 18

St. Petersburg, Russia – Starting Class
By Dave

In many ways St. Petersburg is like most cities; people, buildings, cafes, restaurants, metro, etc, but you do start to notice little differences after only a few days. For example, on the metro, at peak hours, only women sit, as it is too crowded for there ever to be a free seat for a man to sit down. Also, the old women who sit often have their eyes closed in order to rest, while many others read a book or newspaper.

St. Petersburg, Russia – Arriving in Foreign Territory
Apr 17

St. Petersburg, Russia – Arriving in Foreign Territory
By Dave

After a long flight, Courtney and I arrived at the Russian airport at around noon on Saturday, their time. Unfortunately, our bags did not. I was not surprised, as we had originally sent them to Helsinki, and then asked that they be sent directly to St. Petersburg, which they said they had done. I figured there had been a mix up, and that they would arrive tomorrow from a later flight.

Apr 12

Vicky Bungee Jumps
By Vicky

Vicky goes bungee jumping in New Zealand while simultaneously assuaging the fears of the teenage boy (her friend’s younger brother) beside her!

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Cruise
Apr 7

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Cruise
By Vicky

  This March 27th marked the 100th anniversary of the cherry blossoms. A gift of the Japanese to deepen the friendship between both nations, the 2000 trees line the perimeter of the Tidal Basin and are in full bloom in the spring. With the bloom…

Pizzeria Paradiso DC Restaurant Review
Mar 26

Pizzeria Paradiso DC Restaurant Review
By Dave

Overall Experience: After lunch at Ping Pong as well as a stroll through African Art  Vicky and I finished the day (and weekend) having dinner with our mutual friends Ryan and Sarah. We have not seen them in quite some time and it was good to catch up….

Ping Pong DC Restaurant Review
Mar 6

Ping Pong DC Restaurant Review
By Dave

  Overall Experience: Vicky and I embarked on a sunny, Sunday afternoon to have lunch with my coworker and friend Teerna. She recommended Dim Sum in the heart of DC, Dupont Circle at Ping Pong Restaurant. As Vicky and I have not had many lunch…

Jordan – Wadi Rum Desert
Feb 8

Jordan – Wadi Rum Desert
By Vicky

With our 5:30am wake up call we were ready in minutes and out the door with our backpacks (we had left our suitcases as Sasha’s grandmother’s in Jerusalem). Next stop Wadi Rum – the red sand desert. We had heard there was a 6:30am bus…

Jordan – The Ancient City of Petra
Jan 31

Jordan – The Ancient City of Petra
By Vicky

Truth be told it’s been a while since my trip to Jordan. One and a half years to be exact. But the memories are still so fresh in my mind that it’s not too late to share them now. Although I haven’t been everywhere I…