The Roommate from Hell - Part 3: "The Fridge Saga"

     It took me more than 6 months to actually write this. Wow. Much article. So discipline . Anyway, this time I will write about how the crazy roommate saga ends!       You might be thinking "But, Leandro, I thought you already had finished this story after he got kicked out of the apartment in Part 2 !" Well, no. There is still one great final act in the mad theater of a mentally ill roommate's mind. Not as great as being hunted by gopniki in a park, of course, but still worth telling.       So here we go. Part III. The comeback. The end of the saga!  You will never look at a fridge the same way after this article So what happened then?      As of the end of the last article about this crazy roommate, he was kicked out, and we were living our happy lives in the freak-free world. Yay! There was just one teeny tiny detail. Remember when I wrote on Part 1 that we had to sit down with him and convince him to pay for part of our fridge, so he could keep his food from rot

The Old and New Christmas, New Year pines, and Other Weird Stuff about Russian Holidays

     Hey there, folks! It has been a while, right? Have you missed me? I'm pretty sure you didn't, and yet again I'm writing another article full of bad jokes only for you!      We have just been through the New Year holidays in Russia. God, am I glad we have over 7 official holidays! There are a few traditions in the end-of-the-year celebrations in Russia that differ from any other part of the world, in the sense that they are sooo weird. Russians, amirite? So I decided to dedicate some time to talk  write about them.  The Old and New Christmas       It all changed when the fire nation attacked with the Romans, or to be more specific, the Gregorian calendar. The western world switched calendars, one thing led to another, and a few thousand years worth of history books later, we got the western Christmas on the 25th of December. The Orthodox Church, however, still uses the Julian calendar. Only God knows why. Did you see what I did there? :D      So the Orthodox Christmas

The Very Obvious Places You Should Check Out in Saint Petersburg

  Yo, my people! What's crackin'?  Just as I finished writing this article, I'd like to announce that this old bastard here has already been living over one year in Saint Petersburg. And wrote less than 10 posts for the blog this whole time. * C o m m i t m e n t * Since I am almost a local and have taken upon myself the task of visiting all the famous and not so famous bars in Saint Petersburg, I decided to share a few things you can do while visiting the cultural capital of Russia.  I will take a bit of a different approach than in my  Moscow post . Here I'll dedicate the whole post to St. Petersburg main attractions, which will be specially useful if you are short on time. No need to thank me for it, I know I'm awesome.  Later on I think I'll write a bigger article on my favorite bars.  Hermitage and Russian Museums If you are into art, culture, you should totally visit Hermitage and Russian museum. If you are not into art and culture, you shouldn't reall

The Roommate from Hell - Part 2

Hi again! I hope you are enjoying this Saturday as much as I am not . In order to distract myself from my existential anger and frustration, I decided to come back to one of the moments when I experienced anger and frustration towards someone else, not myself. That's basically my secret recipe to cope with life. Where were we? Ah, yes, the fateful day when all hell broke loose in the apartment. If you haven't read the first part, here it is. The frying pan During a beautiful winter morning, I happened to wake up a bit later than usual. This fine gentleman was preparing some coffee with milk using a frying pan. Why was he using a frying pan instead of the perfectly good microwave? He refused to help us pay for the microwave and electrical kettle that we had bought for the apartment, so he could only make coffee with the frying pan.  Now I know this might sound very outlandish if you are living in a university dormitory, but in our apartment we used to wash dirty dishes right awa

What to see in Moscow when you get tired of walking on the Red Square

 Hello! It's me I was wondering if after all these years I am preparing for a small trip to Moscow soon and it's actually going to be the 3rd time I will be in Moscow as a tourist. Crazy, huh? For this reason, I decided to share a few insights of what you should totally see in Moscow if you want to ever travel there, apart from the obvious spots. I lived there for 4 years, so I know at least 100 interesting places to go instead of visiting the Kremlin, hell yeah.  But just in case... Let's start with the obvious. You saw these places on TV, you know them, you will see them in Moscow whether you want to or not :  Red square, Kremlin, Saint Basil's Cathedral, the big white church which name I never learned Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Bolshoi Theater, the Moscow State University, Gorky Park and the old Arbat st.  I won't waste my time speaking about these things because they are famous worldwide and if you don't know some of these places,  you savage, you can