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What about coronavirus in Russia?

    Hello there! I was supposed to write something about coronavirus in October 2020, but you know how responsibly I lead my blog. In any case, since I am now ill with - guess what - Covid and can't leave my apartment for the next two weeks, I thought it would be a good time to write on my blog about it.  In case you are worried about me , although, why would you? : I'm fine, mostly. I am coughing a bit and bored to death, but other than that, pretty ok.  So, how has Russia been dealing with the Covid pandemic?            That is a very good question! Almost as if I asked it myself. At the moment, the country is facing a third wave, of infections. This could possibly be worse than the previous waves because of the Delta variant, which is much more contagious. The number of cases has been rising quite quickly, but the government is not repeating the measures imposed in similar situations in the past. In Moscow, not long ago you could only go to a restaurant if you were vaccinate
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Moscow X Saint Petersburg. Fight!

     Hello, dear readers!       I hope you are doing great out there, and I really, really hope you are not reading this because your city is in lockdown again, and you are bored to death but can't leave your home now, so you decided to read whatever shitty blog you could find on the internet and ended up in this page. I feel so sorry if accurately described your situation right now.       Anyway, I feel inspired these last few days, so I have been writing a lot. Hopefully you won't get ODd with bad jokes.       Today I am going to write about a topic which is not polemic at all! We are simply going to decide which Russian city is better: Saint Petersburg or Moscow. If you have ever spoken to someone from either cities, you would know how serious this discussion can get. There are jokes and stereotypes from both sides, like this great outrageous quote I heard from someone:  "When someone decides to move from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, the average IQ increases in both cit

How it feels to live 8 years in Russia?

It feels weird.  I will get into that a bit later, but first, let me start talking a bit about why I have decided to write about this today. This is going to be an on-the-run post, more serious than normal. On May 4th, 2013, 8 years ago, I traveled to Russia for the first time. I still remember my first impressions. I landed at Domodedovo airport and felt what a 15°C cold feels like, possibly for the first time in life. Hello, people from Cuibraza .  The sun was barely visible through thick clouds, even though it was the middle of the day. The agency responsible for getting me and my new colleagues to Kursk and Belgorod had rented a very old bus that would take us through over 700 Km of highways.  The next memory is already at night, after long hours on that lonely highway among tall Russian pine trees. We stopped at a small diner along the street to use the bathroom. The lady behind the counter looked at each of the students with a severe, almost hateful face.  Those were my first imp

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