Things I Like
- There is no nutritional information on anything (I have gained ten pounds since moving here).
- Pomegranate juice.
- Sour cherry juice.
This one has apple too
- When I say things like, “I shouldn’t eat so much sugar,” people here genuinely ask, “Why?”
- People aren’t constantly looking at their phones. It wasn’t until all of us went on our smartphones at dinner one night that I noticed this. I’m not sure if it’s the culture or that most of the people expats text with are in a totally different time zone, but I really appreciate it.
- Everyone is blunt and friendly. My favourite combination of traits! Though I long for the cold politeness of the Pacific Northwest when I’m feeling moody. Which is all the time.
- You can actually learn Russian, if you want to. There are opportunities to use it every day since a lot of people don’t speak English.
- If you don’t want to learn Russian, locals really try to meet you halfway to reach a mutual understanding.
- The best sunrises and sunsets.
- When beer is served to women in restaurants, it comes with a straw. It makes one of my girlfriends so upset but it makes me laugh every time.
Two Things I Don’t Like
- It is so flat here that I can always see the entire distance I will travel during my runs. Mentally crushing.
On and on and on and on.
- Being chased by wild dogs while cycling. I didn’t think that would actually be an issue here but it happened last week and then all of a sudden I started encountering wild dogs everywhere. Future post: How to Find Pepper Spray.