Entries by Sam

The Quirky Russian Lifestyle (Pt. 1)

1) Everyone Drinks It was a Monday night and I was heading to the grocery store. It’s a forty-five second walk from my house and weather was beautiful. When I got to the parking lot, I happened to glance right, and there were two cops chilling in their cruiser. The driver was looking out the […]

The Three Steps to Starting an Adventure

If you don’t have a whole lot of experience starting an adventure, and doing something crazy, it may feel overwhelming in the beginning. Where the hell do I start? You may ask yourself. Or maybe you have an idea, but the obstacles lying in your path seem daunting. Fret not, starting out on a trip […]

Learning a Second Language to Fluency

If you’re serious about learning a second language, you should consider immersing yourself in that country. Learning French, go to France. German, to Germany. Nubonics, off to Harlem with you. There’s nothing like daily exposure to your target language, and an unlimited amount of people to practice with. However, unless you’ve spent time in a foreign country, there […]

A Fish In Water, Experiencing a New Culture

If you spend your whole life in one country, you’re never going to get the chance to experience a new culture. For plenty of people that’s not a big deal. Hell, it wasn’t a big deal for me either. When I came to Russia, experiencing the culture was the furthest thing from my mind. I […]

I’ll Never Work Again in my Life!

I want to diversify my income so that I never again have to depend on a full time job. Being dependent on a job is like being hit in the groin with a ladle every day, it sucks. I don’t like the rigidity, the fact that on weekdays I have to go to work come […]

What the Hell is a Russian State School?

When I started looking for employment in Russia, I didn’t imagine that I would end up working in a Russian state school. In fact, I didn’t even know what a state school was! It sounds like something draconian where they send repeat offenders for a lobotomy and lithium. It turned out to be nothing of […]