Impressions of an Expat

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Impressions of an Expat
(in no particular order) circus worker, single father, novelist, short-order cook, welder, surf saxaphonist, late-night crooner.
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  • Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons 2 hours ago Sometimes I wonder what E will think of her childhood when she is older. Nostalgia, and a sense of romance can paint a tender portrait no matter how nutty life gets. How many mornings did we set out with cameras tucked into bags, a tripod on my shoulder in an accidental homage to Dziga Vertov, her...
  • the underpass 1 week ago To cross most streets here, you have to search for the perekhod, the underpass. I mix this word up with "to translate" perevesti, or perevod, "to transfer". It all makes messy, vague sense to me. To go under, to go through, to translate  - they are all transformations, the space between A and B,...
  • a hat in Star City 2 weeks ago It took months to get permission to visit Star City, where Russian cosmonauts live and work. Beyond the steep walls and barbed wire, and a series of gates there is a training center for the space station. Gagarin's widow and daughters sleep in one of those apartments in the distance. The air is...
  • Dr. Love 3 weeks ago I was in my mid twenties, fresh off a messy breakup. My life's possessions fit inside a few milk crates that were stashed in a friend's closet. There was no place to stay, and no place to go. I scribbled a number of fresh reminders on scraps of paper about foolish love, about being young, about...
  • exodus 4 weeks ago Everyone I know left years and years ago. There was a smell in the air, and they ran from it. Acquaintances, expats, foreigners and locals all bundled their best things and boarded planes never to return. They flew to Budapest and the English countryside. To Rome, or just back home to wherever they...

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Sarah
18:31 PM November 19, 2013

This blog is so wonderfully written that I have to read it every week, or else I feel I have missed something. Yes, it shows the darker side of living as an expat in Moscow, but it often shows rare beauty and unexpected joy.

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