Monday, March 15, 2010


Where to begin? Since I was in high school, I have had this unexplainable interest in Russia. It was a strange fascination that became an obsession. At Berkeley, I had the pleasure of studying Russian for 2 years. I spent hours studying the political and economic reasons why the Soviet Union fell, the effects of communism, as well as the never ending Russian verbs of motion. I'll be honest, by the time my senior year rolled around, I was so sick of Russia and my political economy major, I completely ran the other way.

Separation anxiety to go me... all too quickly. I found myself craving for my next fix of Russian. Although I lived in the second most Russian neighborhood in San Francisco, I was scared to explore. I was eventually inspired to enroll at SF City College, and to my amazement, my fabulous new apartment in the Castro was only half a mile from the classes I enrolled in.

I parachuted into Intermediate Russian Conversation in the Fall, and quickly spotted a like minded individual who seemed as proficient yet out of practice as I was! I never would have suspected that this venture capitalist would become a friend that will travel with me along the longest railroad in the world.

After many twists and turns, I have resolved now is the time to travel the world and explore the vast country of Russia and see for myself what Siberia holds. My Russian tutor, Olga, urged James and I to start a blog to talk about our trip, the planning, and best of all... to practice writing in Russian. Now, the tricky part, can I get my point across in the language I have been having an affair with for the past 4 years? I hope you are as excited as I am to find out!


  1. aahhhh i am soo jealous! i wish i had enough money to just quit this au pair business and join you : )
    russia's in the next 5 years for me for sure

  2. Please let me know when you want to go to Russia, Kara! I am sure I wil be down to go back with a friend. :)