Push on to Moscow

Anonymous asked: So you didn't get back, I guess? lol

I’m back! But only since the 31st. And I have no internet at home. You’ll have to be patient. I’m afraid it’s in the hands of the unreliable internet-man, for now. How about you tell me who you are? Or give me a clue?

Anonymous asked: Why don't you post any longer? :(

Oh, anon. I would love to know who you are. I’m trying to remedy that now! Although, I am leaving Russia temporarily to go home for Christmas quite soon. When I get back, I’ll have turned over a new leaf. Promise.

And so, I survived the protest. And what a wonderful protest it was. Passionate yet peaceful.

And so, I survived the protest. And what a wonderful protest it was. Passionate yet peaceful.

Gone Protestin’!

This could indeed be a mistake. Especially considering my visa has expired and so I am technically here illegally for the time being. I’ve also been strongly advised against going by my Russian friends. At the same time, this seems like too momentous an occasion to miss out on. 30,000 expected at Bolotnaya Ploschad’ today. Exciting stuff.

Komsomolskaya Station. Most definitely my favourite of the many splendid stations. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to such beauty being a part of my daily commute.

Komsomolskaya Station. Most definitely my favourite of the many splendid stations. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to such beauty being a part of my daily commute.

eur0trash asked: you should post more I really like your blog! :)

Thank you so much! I’ve been meaning to start posting again but it’s just hard to know where to start as Russia is such an overwhelming (in, well, almost all the right ways) experience. But who knows, this might just be the little push I need. The posts will probably be very different, though. I set up this tumblr last summer before I moved to Russia just to alleviate boredom, really but now that I’m here, it will probably be made up more of self-indulgent rambling and less of photos…


Yet again, thank you so much. I can’t believe anyone even noticed I was gone. 

I will start updating more frequently soon For now, here’s a view of our street. Although, our hostel building is much more pleasant.

I will start updating more frequently soon For now, here’s a view of our street. Although, our hostel building is much more pleasant.

At less than twelve hours till departure time, I finally have my visa!

I think we did well considering we only recieved the invitations this morning. It was looking doubtful when the stoney-faced embassy guy told us, despite impassioned pleas, that it would take a further three days (as is normal). Thankfully, our university managed to pull some stings. Next stop, MOSCOW! Well, technically, Riga. But still.

borntoberussian asked: So what exactly is your plan for this whole visa thing? That sounds so much worse than my situation.

Ha! Well, I don’t really have one to be honest. I’m just hoping they’ll send me the invitation tomorrow and I can go up the next day, (At 0545 to get there on time; death!) run to the embassy and then straight back home.All my professors are freaking out as it has never been quite this late before. This business is taking up so much of my already limited time.

You have ten days, yes? That should be okay if you get the express visa (although the procedure could be very different in the US and it’s stressful nonetheless. There are so many things to do, aren’t there? Удачи!

Yaroslavl  will be such an experience. Настоящая Россия! And part of the Golden Ring? Beautiful! Moscow seems almost easy by comparison. 

I’m flying out at 0105 on Friday

And I still don’t even have my visa invitation. This is ridiculous. The embassy is over three hours train ride away and is only open between 0900 and 1100. Apparently, they do this every year to extract more money from us. Oh Russian bureaucracy. I haven’t even arrived and still you torment me so.

Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod