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About eldinter

Hello! I'm an ETA Fulbrighter blogging about my adventures in Crimea (Ukraine). I'm teaching English at Tavrida National University (TNU) in Simferopol.

Band of Brothers

My week began with the 66th anniversary of Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War and ended with the battle reenactment of the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Crimea from Nazi occupation. Roughly three thousand people, half of the six thousand announced by the press … Continue reading

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Enemy at the Gates

“Vasily Zaytsev killed 5 Germans today. How many have you killed?” – propaganda poster propelling the legend of WWII’s greatest sniper – from the film Enemy at the Gates (2001) Sevastopol is a city steeped in military history; its streets and squares are … Continue reading

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The Fast and the Furious

“It don’t matter if you drink by a pint or a shot…drinking is drinking” – Torreto, The Fast and the Furious (2001) – paraphrase The Boss – Vodka Diplomacy February 23rd is Defender of the Fatherland Day (Red Army Day in the Soviet … Continue reading

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The (Ex) Patriot

“This is your chance to pay back your Uncle Sam for all the wonderful freedoms you’ve enjoyed.” – Arthur Gibbons, xXx (2001) Uncle Sam has been a generous fella to me over the years. He gave me gruel and shelter in … Continue reading

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Coal Miner’s Tenant

“Tonight, I’m cleaning out my closet.” – Eminem My suitcases are packed and ready to be moved after daybreak. My oft-foreshadowed apartment change has been greenlit. I’m trading my current place for a slightly smaller, cozier apartment that will be … Continue reading

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A New Hope

Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in. – Michael Corleone Epics began in media res. Homer did so with the titular character in The Odyssey and George Lucas re-introduced this concept of storytelling to a … Continue reading

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Iron Chef

“Today’s secret ingredient is…” – Iron Chef America Around three months ago, I left the comforts of home behind for a year of adventure and soul-searching. I’ve done my best to immerse myself in a foreign culture; attempted to broach the … Continue reading

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