How to Play Vyshibaly

So you’re learning about Russia and want a kid friendly game, right? Durak is too advanced maybe; lapta is just too confusing without someone who knows the rules; and you’re concerned that gorodki might teach your small child it’s okay to throw sticks. (And by you, I mean me. I’m the one with a childContinue reading “How to Play Vyshibaly”


I hate to admit that I read an R-rated book, but the first thing you have to know about “Pachinko” if you’re on my blog is that it is NOT for youth. This is not one I would put on my bookshelves for the long haul, and because of that, I didn’t know whether orContinue reading “Pachinko”

Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

I think the kids nowadays say “I’m shook”? And I feel like this is the correct context for my first time ever using that slang, because this book for reals left me “shook”. I just can’t say enough good things about the work and research that went into this book. And for people to shareContinue reading “Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea”

So You Think You Can Master The Cyrillic Alphabet?

I’m a firm believer that anyone can learn a second (or more) language. But how many of you studied a language for so many years through high school and/or college only to totally feel useless at it when you meet a native speaker? Yeah, thanks for nothing, Spanish! Am I right? Well, after a yearContinue reading “So You Think You Can Master The Cyrillic Alphabet?”