Spotted in Russia: Feral Cats and Garbage Fires

cat #swag

Look closely and you will see the fire. I didn’t want to get too close. Taking a photo of a garbage fire just screams tourist.

A note about the photos: Both of these photos were taken on major pedestrian thoroughfares. I wasn’t out in the hood. More like a Rush Street or Lexington Avenue.


Apples or Apple

Today I received my first piece of fruit from a student– a banana! I thanked her and told her I would see her next week (in Russian). She looked at me like I was a hyena.

It’s the small things that count.


Anecdote: I was talking to a tutor for a fancy British tutoring company. She told me that once when she was working in Moscow, her client gave her an iPad as a thank you gift. I guess he thought a regular apple wasn’t good enough. I wonder what I can get for this banana?

Happy Tickets

In Russia when you ride the bus or the tram or the trolley, you get a paper ticket as proof of purchase. If the sum of the first three numbers equals the sum of the second three numbers then you have a received a “happy ticket.” This is a very lucky ticket and in order to receive the luck it brings you must eat it.

It’s true, it has been corroborated by Valya.