Hello! Welcome to my blog. I’m Natalie and I’m a university student studying abroad in the UK this year. I am majoring in history and minoring in Russian language and literature. I like reading (which is a good thing since I have to do so much for my coursework), writing, classical music, and translation.

Outside of academics, I enjoy playing violin, attempting to make websites, practicing my Russian, and photography (though unfortunately I do not do as much photography as I used to).

Oh, and I’m obsessed with Mikhail Bulgakov, a Russian author. Like seriously obsessed. But more on that later.


The Theater

I went to the theater this weekend with two friends to see The Seagull. It’s not my favorite Chekhov play (I prefer Three Sisters) but I thought I’d see it anyway.

I’ve always been more musical than theatrical. I have played violin for a number of years now and I played in an orchestra during high school. By contrast, my theatrical experience is limited to a couple of school plays in middle school (horror of horrors, Amy Chua would think I am a failure). I’ve been in musicals as well, but I didn’t sing or act–I played violin in the orchestra.

As a result, I much prefer music to drama. I love classical music concerts, perhaps because I can relate to music more. I do not feel quite the same way about the theater. Sometimes I find myself getting bored by plays, even when I try not to be.

I want to like the theater, I really do. To me, it represents a cultured pastime and I feel like I should like it more. Perhaps it’s just an acquired taste: after all, I did not always love opera.

The (Obligatory) First Post

Welcome! Добро пожаловать!

I’m Natalie and this is my blog. I’m a student and I study history and Russian language & literature in the United States. This year, I’m studying abroad in the United Kingdom.

I like reading, writing, history, literature, classical music, and just about anything relating to Russia. I also like knitting and photography, though I don’t engage in those pastimes as much as I used to. I hope to do those more in the near future.

Anyway, be sure to return here for more posts that will certainly be more exciting than this obligatory introduction I felt that I needed to write. As Julia Powell said in the film Julia & Julia, “I could write a blog. I have thoughts.” It’s true, dear readers. I do have thoughts. Many of them.