Author Archives: Alex McGrath

Alex McGrath/Gazprom Tower – “Site” of Memory (July 28)

  When I chose the topic of my research way back in February I had no idea where the project would take me. Admittedly, I picked this project almost on a whim. I read one article, was curious, and the due … Continue reading

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My First Day as a Teacher

On one fateful adventure to the laundrymat, or “prachechnaya,” an advertisement caught my eye. It was all in English, and it was advertising for native english speakers to be conversation leaders at english classes. I jumped at the opportunity. I … Continue reading

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Running in a Metropolis

As we slave away on our research projects and struggle to master the Russian language, occasionally we are granted a few minutes to reflect and think about our time here in this strange land. Sometimes it feels like time is … Continue reading

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Russia’s Williamsburg. Novgorod! (25 June)

Well it’s like Williamsburg, but it’s also kind of like Boston, maybe a cross between the two. Much smaller than Boston, much bigger than the Burg, but similar stories of creation, importance, churches and monuments to what once was, and like Williamsburg, a city that … Continue reading

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