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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
10:31 pm
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
5:47 pm
Moscow, December 2006
1. "On the Waves of Our Memories" (Moscow Times)

The exhibition is made up of glassed-off cubicles that recreate interiors ranging from a '30s communal apartment to a dormitory room at Moscow State University. Separate cases display specialized collections of jewelry, perfume bottles and even candy wrappers... The dormitory room from Moscow State University... includes a poster for the 1957 youth festival, a flirty synthetic dress and even a telephone.

Historical Museum, 1/2 Red Square. Metro Okhotny Ryad. Tel. 692-4019

2. Presents with 10 Experiences inside (http://www.smile-smile.ru/order/)

For those who still don't have time to get the NY presents.
10 Moscow experiences in each box and a ticket to get one of them by an owner's choice.
They deliver the next day.
Thursday, November 30th, 2006
6:53 pm
The hidden Moscow guide: Panoramic Cinema @ VDNH
Have you heard about the panoramic cinema at the Moscow ex-VDNH exhibition center?
It's nearly the same thing they have at the Disneyland but in the USSR style.
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
10:28 pm
Look what an interesting community about the most exciting experiences in Moscow Ive just found:

I am joining them!
Friday, October 20th, 2006
2:45 am
Thursday, October 19th, 2006
6:55 pm
Two comments in twenty two minutes
You must be one of the most stupid bastards I have ever had the misfortune to
come across. It is not even funny. It is a load of stupid unfunny crap, anyway
how could you see anything with your head so far up your own arse?

My Russian Friend Tanya thinks you are great so evidently I am the one with his
head up his arse:-)
Andryusha yet again
Sunday, October 8th, 2006
9:58 pm
The first video that shows some true Russian reality
This is a great Basement Jaxx video that lacks some precision though:
Russans don't always dance in red pants and I doubt bears can dance like that.

Comments from some Russians that didn't pass casting for the video:
"you are stupid americans who think that earth is flat and
who do not know the differens between Iran and Iraq. you arn`t able to
distinguish Russian from Ukrainian. it`s better for you to eat your hamburgers
and keep your fat asses from russian nuclear bombs. KGB is still watching
after you!"
Saturday, July 29th, 2006
11:10 pm
The Real Russian Stuff: Limousine
Russian limousine / Unknown artist

“Everything Russian” Photo Contest
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
6:02 pm
“Everything Russian” Photo Contest
It may sound odd but many locals still take pictures using hand-made prehistoric
cameras and print them themselves in abandoned ex-KGB laboratories. To encourage
the development of local photography, I've decided to organize a permanent
photocontest on my website, Discover the Russia You Never Knew,
that will give due attention to pictures that symbolize the very essence
of Russia as we think we know it.


At the moment I would like to find more photos that could give an insight to understanding the Russian Mystery.
Your proposals for the contest are welcome to greg@transformation.ru!
Monday, June 26th, 2006
1:33 am
Linguistic Football & Jugglery
Hello, my faithful readers! I have to say I haven't been the most prolific writer as of late,
and I do apologize.  In recent weeks I've been glued to the TV, watching the World Cup championship. 
Watching soccer - or football, as people call it here - got me thinking about all things related,
such as why do Russians call t-shirts "footballkas."

What do you know, I figured it out! And while I was at it, I also solved the mystery
of other Russian apparel, such as "baseballkas," "basketballkas," and "volleyballkas." 

Read the whole story at my website, Discover the Russia You Never Knew.
Thursday, February 17th, 2005
3:48 pm
Types of Muscovites

EXile describes some frequently encountered types of Muscovites. I'm torn - I'd like to say I couldn't have said it better myself, but I think I would have found some good points to concentrate on, too..
Monday, February 7th, 2005
4:06 pm
"The book is just a description about how real life is in Russia"
centralasian writes about a book on how to bribe russians

“The Finnish government said it regretted sponsoring a book giving detailed examples of how to bribe Russian officials and businessmen, published by the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce.

“We would say that the book really encourages bribing, and we are absolutely of the opinion that one must not allow instructions on bribing to be published in an instruction manual we are supporting financially,” says Bo Goeran Eriksson, head of the trade department of the Trade and Industry Ministry. His department contributes 430,000 euros (557,000 dollars) annually to the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, set up to foster trade relations between the two neighboring countries.

When contacted, the trade body denied any wrongdoing. “These are examples, not instructions. I don’t feel that we should feel remorse because companies have given examples of their experiences in Russia,” said Mirja Azeem, chief executive of the chamber. “The book is just a description about how real life is in Russia,” she concluded.

The book is doubly embarrassing as Finland is considered the least corrupt nation in the world, and both bribing and incitement to bribery are strictly illegal.
Monday, January 24th, 2005
11:42 am
Russian vocabulary
Dear readers, a friend from the States recently bragged to me that he too now knows some of the mysteries of the Russian language, and cited the word razbliuto as the most recent addition to his vocabulary...

It's supposed to mean the lingering feelings you have for someone you once loved, and is supposed to be the most elegant way of stacking all the longing, despair, and the remnants of dead hope into just eight letters.

I was amazed. I've been living in Russia for over seven years now, and never, ever have I heard this word! I'm confused - is it that my Russian friends simply do not want to addle my brain with a concept so foreign to my American mind? Or are they hiding the best parts of the language from me? Or is it maybe because I can't experience the complicated feelings only a Russian can feel? Please help me understand!

I googled for the elusive word and found this article, where the writer envies a young Russian-American student who remembers the word razbliuto as one of the few beautiful words of the language she learned as a child, before the evil American culture clouded her language abilities.

Read more...Collapse )
Thursday, December 16th, 2004
2:01 pm
Dear friends from Leo Burnett Moscow, Agency of the Year! I hear that reading my journal is now mandatory at your workplace! I think that's great. Is there any special area of Russian life that I could explain especially for you?
Friday, November 19th, 2004
10:46 am
Russian food: bananas
An American friend of mine wrote me a letter yesterday asking how to cook Russian bananas. I had no idea what he was talking about so he sent me a photo... Do you think these are good for banana fritters?

Russian bananas make me go bananas
Friday, November 12th, 2004
1:08 pm
Russian Response to Origami: Paper Punching

The Japanese have their origami, and we Americans have our chewed paper wads, so why should Russia fall behind in the worldwide paper craft fad. Russians came up with something altogether different for paper — they use punching guns to punch out pretty designs on paper. You never heard about it? Want to know more? >>>
Monday, December 1st, 2003
2:02 am
Russian style
There is only one photo from Moscow underground scene at the "21st Century Dress" online fashion photography competition. Do you know why Russians keep this habit of dressing in black from century to century?
Sunday, October 12th, 2003
2:27 am
Russian colors
It’s fascinating to me how many colors are named after food—fruits, vegetables, drinks and so on. It fascinates me even more to see how these names differ from language to language. In English we have “lime”, “banana”, “orange”, “eggshell”, “eggplant”… Here, in Russia they have “cherry” (dark-red), “raspberry” (crimson), “lettuce” (light-green), “coffee” (dark-brown).

I know that there are also some exotic Russian colours like “caviar” that can be either orange or black depending on context. I wonder if there are more that I haven’t picked up on yet. Do you know any other food-related color names?
Sunday, October 5th, 2003
4:29 pm
My readers keep asking me what the greatest souvenirs from Russia are. I decided to compile a Top 10 of the most original presents from "The Russia You Never Knew" with instructions on how to find them in Moscow. Any suggestions for the list?
Tuesday, August 19th, 2003
11:58 pm
Russian food: A Dessert From The Caucasian Mountains

During my trip to the Caucasus a little while ago, I came across an unusual local dessert. It’s this hard and chewy thing (sort of like a doggy chew), and its name is a greeting from the people from the southern regions of the former USSR (Georgia and the like) to Northern Siberian tribes (the Chukchi People). The dessert itself is a very strange concoction of nuts threaded on a string and dipped in grape syrup mixed with flour and then dried in the sun. It’s called the «chukchhella»—a hearty «Chukchi, Hello!» friendly folks in the Transcaucasian south want to say to those up north. Can you imagine that?

May be that is where Whinston Churchill’s family name comes from?
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