Month: February 2014

Life is a journey to the great-grandma’s house

I woke up to a strong smell of coffee boiling and foaming in the copper Turkish coffee pot. The tiny galley style kitchen was in the center of our government issued apartment. Grandma and […]

All great things must come to an end

All great things must come to an end. For the last few weeks I've been following the Olympic games in Sochi, mostly because I was born and raised in Sochi, Russia […]

“No Russians Allowed”

I had no idea that so many of you would read my blog or that The Columbian would publish it. I am truly honored and that is why this next […]

“Diamond” no longer in the ruff

Sochi was completely revamped over the last few years to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. According to the Russian government, ten years ago Sochi's declining infrastructure couldn't support the […]

Medals and stats…

I wanted to share this article because it has some summaries about the medal counts and is a good/easy read - The 7 most interesting facts about the 2014 Winter […]

“Man Overboard”

When we first moved to United States, I was 15 years old. My parents left their jobs, home and everything they knew to give us a better life in America. They […]

Football – you play it with you feet!

(photo obtained from Sochi 2014) According to any Russian person you know, football is played with your feet. Well, head too, but mostly feet. First, growing up in Russia and loving […]

Nothing can stop us…

Freezing rain and snow didn't stop us from watching the Olympic Games earlier this weekend. After it snowed all day in Vancouver, I finally decided to get out of the house […]

t.A.T.u. Ironic? or a Statment?

I don't know if many of you noticed last night that the Russian delegation came out to the sounds of t.A.T.u, a Russian music group known around the world for […]

I’m stuffed…

Russian people love good food, company and celebrations, but we rarely do potlucks. When you come to our home, expect the best and don't bring food. You should bring something to […]

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