About this blog

Why won't this woman talk to me? Is it my Russian?

Arriving in Moscow in 2010, I optimistically thought I’d give myself a few months to understand the place before I dared write about it. A year later, it was obvious I could wait a lifetime, so instead here’s a random collection of my observations and experiences in the Russian capital, veering from classrooms, polyclinics and producti to bars and dachas and the circus, via metros, marshrutki and, yes, traffic jams.

It features some people I know – Irina, my long-suffering Russian teacher; my friend Yevgenia, who is building her own dacha; Volodhya, our building’s caretaker – and many I don’t, from the drivers I hitch with to get cheaply around Moscow (normal here) to the babushki who shout at me because my children don’t wear snow trousers in September.

It can’t always be trusted, as, despite my efforts, my Russian remains embarrassingly bad, and for much of the time I’m not entirely sure what’s going on. It’s also not intended to be a whinge, and – when it is – it should at least have the decency to be funny.

Oh, and it isn’t really Mrs Putin’s, so don’t get confused. Hers has a flashing blue light on top.


7 Responses to About this blog

  1. ailis2000 says:

    Hi Mum,
    I really love your blog!!!!!!

  2. Helen says:

    Reading and laughing mrs Putin – glad to see you’ve made yourself at home…. X

  3. I shall be reading this carefully on behalf of Glavlit.

  4. Rebecca says:

    again just wet myself – you say so much more eloquently ALL the things that are sending me crazy!!

  5. Suze says:

    I read your article about the half in siberia and would really like to pick your brain about training etc. . I am planning to do the Christmas run in Jan but not sure how to begin preparing.!

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