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May Celebrations Begin

Every time I sit down to write a blog post, I struggle to come up with ideas. That is not to say that my life here is particularly unexciting, but to the outside observer things that make my life exciting, like finding a new spot to sit in the sun, don’t exactly provide a riveting […]

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The Sun Brings Warmth

Today it is eleven degrees. Eleven degrees! I honestly don’t know what to do with myself because it is just so hot. IĀ  have experienced temperatures in the double digits only about four times in 2019. Not only has the temperature soared in the last few days, but the sun has also decided to make […]

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The Days Grow Longer

There is no hidingĀ from the fact that I have been less than perfect in promptly posting on here. As is often the case in life, in my first few weeks back my life was a hive of activity and the things to write about seemed fairly endless. Having settled in, however, life has also slowed […]

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A Walk On The Ocean

While I make an effort to improve my opening lines, my attention has been drawn to another of my writing faults, my titles. I must admit titles for me are always somewhat of an afterthought. Having written my blog I tend to think of a few words that describe the article content and just stick […]

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The Dangers Of St Petersburg

Every day in St Petersburg I take my life into my own hands. Not that St Petersburg is a particularly dangerous city, in fact in terms of petty crime, it has extremely low rates. It is not the danger presented by other people that causes me to fear for my life every morning, but rather […]

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Return To The Frozen North

I write this standing in the center of the Neva. Technically this version I typed up in my flat but I scribbled the original completely illegible script in a notebook on top the frozen Neva. Though I have borrowed the structure of my opening sentence from Dodie Smith, I can firmly assure you that it […]

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St Petersburg Beckons

Occasionally I like to torture myself and reread some of my old blog posts. Though my writing style today is hardly different, and certainly not any better, reading things I wrote in a different time somehow makes them seem so distant and separate from me. What I have learned from these addictively horrible delves into […]

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