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Nick Collins
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The Post-Soviet Chronicles Part 6: Moscow Part 2 -- A Place Where You Can Drunkenly Ride Horses at Night
You should definitely read this first if you haven't, because it's part 1. And this is part 2. So logically you should read part 1 before part 2. So... read it? Are You Ready for More Churches? GOOD! ...because apparently that's what the Kremlin is? Maybe I...

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The Post Soviet Chronicles Part 5: Moscow Part 1 -- It Wasn't Me!
Okay okay okay. I'm the worst . I really have been inconsistent with this blogging thing. I've just found that life here has gotten pretty... normal. Nothing I do/see anymore seems all that strange/different so it seems silly to blog. But going to Moscow? T...

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Northeast for the holidays
The irony of the English transliteration of Garm is that garm  in Tajik/Farsi means 'warm'. For the record, the actually pronunciation of Garm is more of a guttural gharm -- which does not, in fact, have the same meaning. Garm is actually quite colder, as i...

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Why You Should Always Have a Snickers on Hand
I know what you're thinking: "Another blog post about soup?!" but wait. Hear me out. Tonight I tried to cook soup. The night began with me, being lazy, and not having any bottled water around (which, unfortunately prevents me from doing most of the cooking ...

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The Post-Soviet Chronicles Part 4: Almaty, Kazakhstan
After a short stint, we return to the post-soviet chronicles and review Almaty, Kazakhstan. Previous editions can be found here , here , and here . Pronunciation Good luck. No, but seriously... the English pronunciation is super easy and it's said exactly a...

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The Snickers Shortage
MAYHEM! PANIC! HORROR IN THE STREETS OF DUSHANBE! It all started last week when I went to get a Snickers. As many of my Dushanbe friends already know, Snickers is part of my insanely healthy diet in Tajikistan. Often times, it provides me my only nutrition ...

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The Post-Soviet Chronicles Part 3": Three Inches of Snow in Dushanbe
Read part 1  here  and part 2  here . Totally fascinating reads, I promise.  Part 3" begins in Dushanbe with the thirteenth chapter of my Tajik visa drama. The details are largely unimportant because, whatever, but this chapter ends with me having to leave ...

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The Post Soviet Chronicles Part 2: Lviv, Ukraine
Check out Part 1 here! Pronouncing Lviv Look, I know what you're thinking. L and v are two consonants, and there must be a vowel in between them. Otherwise what the heck is that sound?! Slavic language 101: they will make the strangest and most impossible c...

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Worse Stove: Dushanbe or College?
Aaaaaanddddd let the debate begin! When I was living with my roommates in college, I often complained about how bad our stove was (seriou...

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A blog to read!
Check out the new blog on the right --> Emily (who I have taken Persian at Pitt with for the last three years) is a pretty funny blogger ...
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