The family posed for an archetypal group shot by the monument: kids in the front, parents in the back, arms draped across shoulders, tooth-revealing smiles. As the stranger-turned-photographer handed the camera back, LCD screen up, the group crowded around it for a quick look before scattering. Only the youngest lookingRead More
I stood motionless, my feet melting into the cobblestone walkway. I was transfixed. Dusk was descending and thousands of candles began to punctuate the darkening path, blinking quietly on the ground. The tiny flames illuminated rows of gravestones. I’d never before felt such a strong sensation of peace and calm in a cemetery.Read More
I didn’t know that International Women’s Day even existed until I lived in Moscow and was granted a day off from work because, as it was explained to me, the country needed to celebrate women.
The day after, I entered inquisition mode with my students. Why do you have this holiday? What does it mean?Read More
(Or, Musings on the Theme of Self-Induced Caloric Deprivation).
“How is everyone today?”
I began my class on Thursday with my usual, predictable greeting. The response was anything but.Read More
New Years Eve in Sicily was quite an experience. The night started off a bit rocky. Many of the restaurants were closed, but my friend Ryan and I had spotted one the day before that we thought might be good to try out (a small, fairly fancy, traditional 3+ course meal type of place). But, trying to walk to the same place twiceRead More
As I mentioned in my last post, I spoke a lot of Polish in past few days, as I went with a friend to celebrate Christmas with her family in their village. I made more mistakes than I ever thought could be humanly possible. At least most of them were learning opportunities, as new words and better pronunciation ingrained themselves deeper andRead More