Some misconceptions about Russia and Russians.


10. All Russians are communists. Russia had a communist government when it became part of the Soviet Union in 1922.  But it wasn’t a communist state before that and it hasn’t been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.  In fact, the Russian government was occasionally criticized in the 1990s for having too few regulations … More Some misconceptions about Russia and Russians.

No one wins if Russia’s economy falls apart.


No one wins if Russia’s economy falls apart. Its trading partners — countries and businesses — are watching with concern as Russia scrambles to tackle a deepening economic crisis, sparked by plunging oil prices and punishing international sanctions. The ruble has been in free fall and is already hurting earnings at global companies with operations … More No one wins if Russia’s economy falls apart.

Colorado’s Mirror Image – Kazakstan ” A land rich in Beauty”


Skyline of Astana Life in Kazakhstan As I have done a bit of research on Kazakhstan I’ve been simply amazed. It is a country of incredible beauty, rich in history, and culture. I believe because of these treasures many  will want to come and explore this exciting country of incredible contrasts. Interestingly enough Astana was … More Colorado’s Mirror Image – Kazakstan ” A land rich in Beauty”

Sunrise to Sunset – Vladivostok and Maine


Sunrise to Sunset Second Edition Amursky Bay in Vladivostok, Russia The Chinese name of Vladivostok is “Haishenwei”. In Japanese, the name of the city is “Urajiosutoku”. 1. In 1912, Vladivostok was the first city in the Asian part of Russia where trams appeared. 2. The most famous bay of Vladivostok, Golden Horn, has the same … More Sunrise to Sunset – Vladivostok and Maine

It’s a day to celebrate – 57 years on the planet


Come and swing with me as I celebrate my 57th year on the planet Okay, okay so Russia does some strange things to a person’s mind. But let’s have some fun anyway. Oh by the way it’s also been a year since I started this blog “Woooopppiiiieeee” Related articles Mirror Reflections – China & Russia … More It’s a day to celebrate – 57 years on the planet

Mirror Reflections – Kyrgyzstan & Russia


Life in Kyrgyzstan A time for reflection Posted on October 26, 2013 My overseas placement and I have had a very interesting relationship. It’s been two and a half months and in that time, I’ve gone from hating everything to loving everything.. and back again many times, sometimes finding some footing in the middle. It’s an … More Mirror Reflections – Kyrgyzstan & Russia

Sunset in Israel


The sunset was a bright orange  over Mini Israel as we walked through the many miniature models of different sites from all over Israel. Will post a few more over the next several days. Hope everyone enjoys. Related articles A profound sense of dismay is spreading among the Israeli people that they are watching the … More Sunset in Israel

“Sorry” there are no plastic smiles in Russia


Foreigners are constantly told that Russians are surprisingly, “unsmiling people”. They write about it in their blogs and guidebooks , ask about it in person , share it with their friends and acquaintances . Indeed, we smile much less of other nationalities , but as it turns out , we have our reasons . Renowned … More “Sorry” there are no plastic smiles in Russia

Mirror Reflections – North Mariana Island & Russia


Life in North Mariana Island Well I think I’ve found my place on earth…. a paradise in the pacific! Landed on a pretty, unique and historical island in the Pacific, the Northern Mariana Islands belonging in the US territory. Currently, I am on a tiny island called Tinian, a place where the Legendary giant man … More Mirror Reflections – North Mariana Island & Russia

Stay tuned


Well it’s that time again. “Life in Russia” brought to you by an American Monkey in Kazan will be on vacation for the next several weeks. This last six months has been absolutely wonderful. I never would have thought my blog would touch as many lives as it has. It has been viewed almost 14,000 … More Stay tuned

Top 10 Russian Inventions that helped change the world


Contributions by Russian Inventors The development of global scientific thought has been influenced by Russian inventors who have greatly contributed much to the world. Some of these inventions have literally transformed the world, some of them are debatable about who where the real inventors. What is known is all of us that we have been … More Top 10 Russian Inventions that helped change the world