I’m in Love with Kiev After One Day

This morning I flew out of Moscow, which has been my home for the last eight months. To be honest, I was ready for a change. I’m so fucking happy that I made the choice to go to Russia, I would do it again in a heartbeat. However, I had had enough. Teaching kids is really […]

My $2,500 Travel Manifesto

Born out of the idea that it’s possible to live on a very tight budget, I have created a simple challenge for myself. Live for 6 months, in Europe, on $2,500. Or, if you break that down further – $416.67 a month. I’ve been doing the research, and I know that I can make it […]

The Quirky Russian Lifestyle (Pt. 2)

7) Roads in Russia are the Real Wild West Have you ever watched those crazy Russian driving videos? If you haven’t you should, they’re awesome! And I can tell you that they are fairly close to the truth (this video is a good example of what I mean). The rate of accidents here in Russia is […]

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 […]

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 […]