Cucumber Sprite – Culture shock n.6

Russians really, really, REALLY love their cucumbers. Fresh or pickled they are almost omnipresent in Russian recipes. It's a fundamental ingredient in the famous Olivier salad (also known as Russian salad in other countries, but not in Russia!) and the "snack" of choice to much on when drinking a shot (or two) of vodka.  During the summer months especially cucumber water and cucumber lemonade have been popular drinks in Russia for a long time.

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Bridges are overrated. Or not.

At first glance this is likely to look like the picture of a bridge going over some marsh land or a small, shallow valley. It is not so. The "white pavement" the gentleman in the photo is walking over, is actually the mighty river Volga. Frozen, of course, but still... The scene takes place in... Continue Reading →

The HOT Russian Winter

Before coming to Russia I was moderately worried about the cold during the winter months. I honestly did not suspect I'd have a problem with the heat! The picture above is a quick snapshot I took at my grandparents-in-law's apartment in the city of Vladimir. It is March the 5th, the temperature outside is below... Continue Reading →

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