I'm back! And I've gotta say, July was pretty darn great overall. There's quite a bit to update you on: the local summer solstice festival; a week spent living in a semi-rural village; a weekend camping trip in another part of Yakutia; the end of summer camp and, therefore, the real official end of my … Continue reading Restart
Hello, readers! This note is to let you know that I'm taking some time off from publishing here. As the summer progresses and I try to juggle several balls, I find myself getting burnt out. Whereas burnout used to be a way of life for me, it no longer is. I've therefore decided to take … Continue reading A Special Publishing Note
We woke to a windy first morning of camping on the Lena River. I mean, windy. So much so that there wasn't a mosquito in sight (or bite; hee hee, see what I did there?) for the entire day. I'll say it right now: the wind was cold and it made the river rough but … Continue reading Lena River Part 2 – Wind & Fire
Over the first weekend of June, right after the term ended, I went on my first real camping trip. I've camped twice before but this was a more authentic level of camping that I hadn't experienced yet. The idea first came up a week and a half before the trip was set to begin. One … Continue reading Lena Camping Part 1 – Trip to Nature
The day after I taught my last class of the school year, almost two weeks ago, two of my colleagues and I went off to our local challenge course. For about a month, there had been talk in our excursions WhatsApp group about going there, and we finally decided that since the three of us … Continue reading Why Am I Doing This, Again?
Generally speaking, in life old things come to an end before new things begin. In my own life over the most recent years, I've seen this at work several times. My old, fake life had to come to an end before my new life – that I should have been living all along, I might … Continue reading Endings & Beginnings
A week after our hike to Kangalasskiy Mis, we set off on our second hike, which was to Tabaginskiy Mis. This is another cape in the opposite direction overlooking a different part of the Lena River. This time, I left my down jacket at home and instead wore my rain jacket, which is more durable … Continue reading Hike! Part 2 – Where’s The Ice?
For two Sundays straight – the first and second ones of this month – I exited the city and went on hikes to the Lena River. On the first of these hikes, we went to Kangalasskiy Mis, which is a cape overlooking one section of the river. We went with a tour company that arranges … Continue reading Hike! Part 1 – Down to the River
OK, last time I started to talk about two events that I was involved in a couple of weeks ago but instead I got sidetracked by the issue of everybody's nerves being on edge from fatigue. Now, I'd like to go back to talking about those two events. These events were based on things I … Continue reading Snowy Barbecue, Sunny Parade
All. Over. The place! Ugh! So annoying. Today, I planned to write about the snowy barbecue I attended a week ago Sunday and the holiday parade I marched in this past Tuesday. But I wasn't feeling it. At all. I started writing about it all but couldn't continue because my head just wasn't in that … Continue reading Fraying Tempers