12 Aug 2001, 8:56 a.m.

Wodehouse, Eco, party, transport, language, shopping

Congratulations, Windows 98, for crashing and erasing my eloquence. Funny, isn't it, that this almost never happened in Russia, and yet as soon as I have to use my father's machine....but never mind. My father …

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09 Aug 2001, 9:54 a.m.


Reverse culture shock feels a little harder than the culture shock of going to Russia. There were no orientations for the return. All the signs are in English. Everyone speaks English. Well, almost everyone. I …

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08 Aug 2001, 9:05 a.m.

Back in Berkeley

Hi there, all. I'm experiencing reverse culture shock here in the US. Everyone speaks English! (Well, not really.) The PA system folks at airports speak English as though they were native speakers! (Well, most of …

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07 Aug 2001, 11:42 a.m.

From Piter to Frankfurt to Here to SFO

I'm in D.C., and I'm about to leave for Minneapolis and subsequently SFO. I'll be glad to see the people who are meeting me at the gate -- right now, as far as I know, …

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05 Aug 2001, 4:35 a.m.

I can't believe I'm not staying

And yet, I Can't Stop Leaving St. Petersburg! I hit Frankfurt tonight, then leave there the next day and arrive in Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon local time. Then I leave D.C. on Tuesday morning …

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04 Aug 2001, 10:16 a.m.

I'm Alive and Missing Russia Already

Today I went to Novgorod, basically an old city in Russia. It was founded more than a thousand years ago. And playing at the movie theater there: Moulin Rouge. Tomorrow I leave St. Petersburg and …

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02 Aug 2001, 5:56 a.m.

We'll Always Have Petrograd

Wow, The Onion actually has some really funny headlines today. I won't spoil it by actually reading the stories, though. About three days left in St. Petersburg. I'm just falling further and further behind in …

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01 Aug 2001, 7:23 a.m.

I Love Dead People

Possibly the most interesting and relaxing thing I've done here in Russia is spend lots and lots of time in cemeteries. Today was the last time, I'm pretty sure. I leave St. Petersburg in only …

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31 Jul 2001, 6:32 a.m.

Lenindependence Day in Less Than a Week

Today, a bit about dreams and funny quotes from here in St. Petersburg. I leave on Sunday. Yesterday: "That's a war bookstore." Okay, I'm not going to tell y'all why it's funny, but it is. …

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30 Jul 2001, 6:24 a.m.

Solovki, Part II.

Here's the second part of my Solovki travelogue. This promises to be longish, overall, when done. Part I was here. Thursday: We Arrive. The next morning, I had no hangover that I could tell -- …

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