awakening as one uniting the way to the new worldIn our world we all hail from being from somewhere, some of us call ourselves Americans, Russians, or  maybe even some other country. Even though I was born in America I’m not sure I can call myself an American. One could claim that I’m now a Russian since I currently reside in Russia. But in the reality of things I’m neither and at the same time I’m both.  If there was a bridge between the two, I ‘d love to say that I’m standing right in the middle calling to both, come see your brother, he’s just like you. I’ve seen both worlds now, and from one standpoint I’d say both are the same. Then I turn and see them from a different angle and the differences between them are as vast as the ocean. It’s my hope through my blogging to show you just how much both are alike and then again just how different each is from one another. It’s funny it reminds me of a marriage, both come together uniting to create a harmonious whole. Yet this wholeness includes vast differences that are absolutely invaluable to the other. It could be said one doesn’t really need the other but the truth of it is that if the other didn’t exist then the world would be a very different place. I hope to open this world up and help each of you to see the other in a whole new light. Thank you for your attention, and pray as I continue my journey that I will be able to convey an impartial view of both.



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  1. “Awakening As One” is a beautiful thought. Yes indeed we all must think ourselves to be global citizens. You have a lovely blog.
    Best wishes coming your way 🙂

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your insight; I look forward to reading your blog “over your shoulder” and observing Russia through your lens and perspective. Regards!

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your insight! I look forward to reading your blog “over your shoulder” and seeing Russia through your lens and perspective! Regards

    1. You are very welcome. Really enjoy your work. I like your eye, I’ve told other photographers this for different reasons, your conveys understanding of your subject. Love it.

  4. Does there exist any kind of online directory for finding people in Russia such as the “white pages” that we have here in the US? My father’s brother married a Soviet woman back in 1941. They had 3 children- my first cousins. I am wondering if there is a way to locate them.

    1. Honestly not sure. If I have a last name and city that would help. Most people here grow up in the same house and never move in a lifetime. The government tracks everyone through their homes. Unlike in America people move a lot. Not here, just the opposite. If I had this information I might be able to help.

      1. My three cousins are: Eleanor, Anton and Valerij Wardamasky.

        Wardamasky was my last name, but in doing my research, I have seen several variations, (such as Vardamatskiy and Vardamatskaya) so this is probably a fruitless search. I have been told it varies for male/female.

        The only address I have is for Eleanor, but I have no idea what her married name would be, if any. Perhaps she lives near her two brothers. The last contact information I have for her is: Vadamatskaya Ella Petrovna City of Magadan Yuriy Gagarin Street
        It was written on a torn piece of paper among all the treasures I found in my father’s dresser, such as the diary I am writing about, and letters from the State Department and American Embassy in Moscow written in the early-mid forties. Dad lived in the Soviet Union between 1931-1941, which is the subject of the book I am working on.

        I am new to blogging and I had no idea what is out there until I started this project. I have been enjoying your photos and blog entries.

  5. Hi, Thank you for stopping by on my blog and leaving wonderful thoughts. This would be an interesting blog of a Russian-American’s journey. Best regards and greetings from Indonesia. muhammad 🙂

    1. Thanks, will continue to come to your Blog. I’ve always had a fascination with your part of the world. It is so beautiful there.The people and culture are so interesting.

  6. Bravo!!!
    So excellently put – couldn’t say it better myself! My goal in blogging and writing books about Russia has been the same: to help people in the West, especially in the US, see the truth – and to unite the world.

    We are One – the sooner people see that, the happier our future will be.

    Thank you very much for reaching out! I am very happy to connect!


  7. Thanks so much for visiting (and liking) my blog! I am so intrigued by your blog, stories and photos. I found myself smitten by Russia, less so by the people than the country and landscape itself, the architecture, the surreal scenes of village life in Siberia (as if thrown back to the 18th century), and so much more. Mysteries unfolded at every turn. I hope you enjoy your stay and travels. I look forward to reading more 😉

    1. LOL, I understand, but I will tell you. Live with them for awhile and you will never want to let go. They are real people when they let you in. Smitten, see me too. Russia reminds me of the US back in the 50’s and 60’s, personally I hope they don’t go the way of America. That would spell trouble in the end. But it’s not about that, it’s about life and living it to the fullest.

  8. Hello, Archecotech! I haven’t spoken to you yet, but your views and support of my blog have not gone unnoticed. I really enjoy your photography and your outlook on life.

    It must be challenging, exciting, and a great experience to make such a radical change in culture. You are a pragmatic teacher, to be sure. Yet, you are also a creative artist. They blend well together. Keep up the great work, write from your soul and instincts, and remember the most important things people want are to be “seen” and validated.

    I will now step down from my soapbox! 🙂

    Cheers to you and yours this holiday season. Hope to talk more in 2014. D

  9. Hi “archecotech” –
    thanks for the “like”and following my website. I just checked yours out and am following you as well.I look forward to reading more of your blog.
    Best wishes in 2014!

  10. Beautiful and heartfelt energy within your perspective.
    Love the relationship you have drawn this personal insight from; a marriage, the two are not separate, but complete the wholeness of the two…
    This is usually where I start, and look forward to reading much more of your blog. Truly incredible photographs.
    I thank you so much for taking time to stop by blog, sir; appreciate it. 🙂

  11. I grew up mostly in Latin America and moved to the US for the first time in college. When people asked me where I was from I said, “Costa Rica” and they looked at me doubtfully – one girl even said disdainfully, “No, you’re not!” But I didn’t have a state to say I was from, my parents were still there and I had lived in CR longer than anywhere else.

  12. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


  13. Hi there!
    Thanks for following. I’m a happy camper now you are joining me as I trip around by RV, plane, car and time machine to the past.
    Comments, compliments, critiques and wisecracks are most welcome.
    I can understand your feeling of being neither one nationality or the other but at the same time you are both! I feel I have fallen into a mid-Atlantic chasm but on the upside appreciate the very different cultures of the U.S. and England – two countries divided by a common language!
    “See” you again soon.
    Which Way Now 101 aka Carol

  14. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I’m enjoying reading yours. I like what you say in that we’re all alike and yet different. So true. My naivete about other countries leads me to comment that I think the differences are mostly political and are instigated by the few. But that’s just my point of view! Looking forward to reading more of your blog! All the best! 🙂

    1. Absolutely, the reason I’ve started my blog is to show that we are more alike then different. Governments and their officials come and go but the people stay the same. Countries have their difference for other reasons. I look forward to visiting your blog as well.

    1. Thanks, Tracey. Our friend Ed is responsible for the connection. Hope to see more of your blog. I also noticed that you are a writer. I often extend invitations to guest bloggers to write posts for “Life in Russia”. If you are interested please contact me through my sidebar, about me section and we can talk about it.

  15. I have very much appreciated your posts, Steve. You’ve done a good job of sharing different lifestyles, making comparisons, presenting history, and highlighting many beautiful places in numerous corners of the world.

  16. Hi Steve,

    I love your intentions here with your blog. I loved my two and a half months in Russia last year and really would like to see more connection and understanding between Russia and other “Western” countries, amongst others. There is so much stigma out there about this amazing and diverse country and most of it did not appear true to me at all! I will enjoy your posts with some nostalgia I am sure!

    Thanks also for re-blogging my Elista post. That part of Russia is so unknown and fascinating and the passion of the two men in that cattle car museum deserves to be celebrated!

    All the best

    1. Sarah, It was a pleasure. Out of curiosity are you still traveling? I’m looking for contributors for “Life in Russia” who are on the road, who have spent time in Russia or once Soviet countries. My goal is to build bridges between countries and share different cultures along the way. If you are interested please let me know. Steve

  17. Hi Steve,

    After Russia I had a month in Turkey, a month in Iran, then a week in Oman. Since then I have been house sitting in the UK and am now in a temporary contract working full time in London for hopefully three or so months. I plan to travel again after that and also to somehow catch my blog up with my reality!

    I’m not sure if I will be back in any countries of interest to your blog for the next wee while but I will let you know if I am. I am looking forward to blogging about Iran too in the hope similar connections can be made and misunderstandings broken down. That is another amazing country!

    I will certainly be following your blog with interest either way!


    1. Hi Tracey,

      Great, so what I need from you is your e-mail address you use for your blog on wordpress.

      Here’s the process:

      1. Send me your e-mail address you use for your blog.
      2. I enter it into the Users section at wordpress.com
      3. You receive a notice that you’ve been added as a author to “Life in Russia”
      4. Follow the link to “LIfe in Russia” through wordpress.
      4. Download your text and pictures – arrange them as you would like them to be seen.
      5. I review them, add a introduction, and then post to “Life in Russia”.

      1. Do you use your gmail account to do so (the one you used here)
      2. This would be easy and quick to add you.

      So you understand what I’m doing you can go into your dashboard and go to users.
      Once you are at users you will see this is why I need it.
      I enter you in as an author which gives you the ability to put your post together there.
      Once I’ve entered you on my end you will receive a notice that I’ve added you.
      Then you just download your information and pictures in the way you want. I review it, add an introduction and then post it.

      I looking forward to seeing what you’ve put together.


      P.S. Sorry I might be repeating myself been a little under the weather, plus I’m heading in for a minor surgery today. So my head isn’t quite straight.

  18. Thanks for the “like” and “follow”. I guess I stumbled upon you through the Cinda post. So now reading your about I really like your ideas, we’re all, every place is the same and different. An infinite kaleidoscope of variety! Will enjoy reading more.

    1. Sally, I believe that I’m following you on smorgasbordinvitation – I went and checked and it says that I’m following you. Please let me know if it shows different on your end. Steve

  19. Thank you for your insight. I graduated in Moscow in 1979. It was a different world and different people. I don’t know what have happened… Five years in Russia can not be erased from my memory and my heart still aches when something is going wrong over there. I have lost all my connections, and glad to find your blog 🙂 Thank you for following!

    1. Hello Jackson, Currently I’m investigating your “About” page. Sounds like you’ve got the “Bug”. I’m currently working on the “how do I get the heck out of Dodge” and really start traveling more on a full time. I’m not a fan of affiliate marketing yet, that may change. Anyway Good Luck and Godspeed.

  20. Thanks for the follow Steve! Travelling full time is certainly a blessing, We travel to experience life. I hope to read more of your posts. Affiliate marketing is a small way to earn some money for your travel . I hope as time moves it changes 🙂 Good Luck

    1. That’s what I figured. But I noticed that you where also an affiliate with “Bookings” I personally think this will be a good choice in the long run. How did you set that up? Did you have to have a paypal account? Thinking about doing this myself. By the way cheapoair does the same thing. Check it out.

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