Make your dreams a reality

Fifteen years ago, I went to Moscow from a Siberian city called Irkutsk. Grey, unfriendly Moscow met me with a cold and piercing wind that threw a handful of snow right in my face. It was a city of dirty snowdrifts, giant billboards, and flashing neon casino and nightclub signs.Impressive luxury cars crawled through the traffic.

Are you distracted from your ‘oyster’ goal?

Irkutsk, Siberia, -40 degrees, January 1977  When people ask me why I decided to change my life drastically and emigrate, I answer, “I dreamt of trying oysters”. Bright, Sunday morning sun breaks through the window painted with frost curlicues. My mom cautiously wakes me up at 7 am. “Nina, our turn is coming, we should …

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