Alexandra Curtis

Alexandra Curtis is a 2020 graduate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in both Comparative Literature and Russian Area Studies. In 2018, she completed an internship at the A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, where she was offered the opportunity to participate in a folklore research expedition in the Irkutsk region. In the same year, she completed a semester-long intensive language immersion program in the Siberian city of Barnaul. Her favorite memories in Russia include participating in a Shaman ritual celebration in a Buryat village; stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Baikal; and traveling through the Altai Mountains in a Soviet-style UAZ bukhanka van. In addition to writing for Russian Life, she works as an online English as a Foreign Language teacher and curriculum developer.


You Had One Job (The Russia File)
Stubborn as a Swan (The Russia File)
Flooded with Fun (The Russia File)
My First Ivan Kupala (The Blog)
Ferreting Into Adventure (The Russia File)
iTeacher (The Russia File)
Dacha Contraband (The Russia File)
Scooter Blacklist (The Russia File)
Take This to Your Grave (The Russia File)
Baikal by Birds Eye (The Russia File)
The Teas of Russia (The Blog)
Beastly Benefits (The Russia File)
A Monument to The Alien (The Russia File)
Ninety-Four Years Young (The Russia File)
Shashlik Responsibly (The Russia File)
Drop and Give Me Fifty, Mr. Mayor (The Russia File)
Hedgehog in the Smoke (The Russia File)
Squirrelly Behavior in Barnaul (The Russia File)
Spring Cleaning for a Cause (The Russia File)
Did You Hear About This One? (The Russia File)
Five Russian Words You May Be Misusing (The Blog)
Raving in Khimki (The Russia File)
Smells Like Money (The Russia File)
Running Away with the Story (The Russia File)
Tram Takes on a Life of Its Own (The Russia File)
Heavily Taxed (The Russia File)
Who is Manizha? (The Russia File)
Missing Raccoon, Anyone? (The Russia File)
The Sea Buckthorn: Russia's Berry Best (The Blog)
A Paw-some Recovery (The Russia File)
Equus Asinus Asinus (The Russia File)
Blini on a Budget (The Russia File)
Rapping for Russia (The Russia File)
The Tram from Hell (The Russia File)
A Cold-Blooded Eviction (The Russia File)
Wine Flights in Flight (The Russia File)
Gender Equality in Gift Giving (The Russia File)
The Goodest Boy in All of Russia (The Russia File)
City Spotlight: Barnaul (The Blog)
Snow Leopards Dream of Electric-Fenced Sheep (The Russia File)
Thanks, Doc (The Russia File)
Mimosas (The Flower, Not the Drink) in Sochi (The Russia File)
Russia's Cup of Tea (The Russia File)
Plenty of Penguins (The Russia File)
Buffalo is the New Bovine (The Russia File)
It's a Dog's Life (in Russia) (The Russia File)
Cat's Got Your Train (The Russia File)
Not-So Smart Crosswalks (The Russia File)

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