Merry Christmas from “Life in Russia”

Merry Christmas Traditional Christmas isn’t actually celebrated on the 25th of December in Russia. Here the Russian Orthodox Church follows the old “Julian” calendar, this means Christmas falls on January 7th. What is wonderful about the celebration here is that they practice what is called “Advent”, which starts four Sundays before Christmas. If you are … More Merry Christmas from “Life in Russia”

Russian / American Cultural Contrasts

America and Russia Similarities Both countries are multi-ethnic, continental, great powers, expansionist, tamed a wilderness, and settled by a variety of diverse groups. Both regard themselves as chosen nations with a messianic mission, destined to bring their own versions of enlightenment to less fortunate people, They are both Nuclear powers. The countries both think BIG, … More Russian / American Cultural Contrasts

Mirror Reflections – Columbia & Russia

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica built inside the canyon of the Guaitara River. Completed in 1949, it was designed using the Gothic revival style of architecture. The supposed apparition of the Virgin Mary to a deaf-mute, who suddenly was able to speak after seeing a silhouette while illuminated by lightning, inspired the building … More Mirror Reflections – Columbia & Russia