Due to bureaucratic mishaps, I am no longer going to be teaching at Oryol State Agrarian University, but instead, Ukhta State Technical University…which is located about 30 hrs (by train) north-east of Moscow. It’s August, and the high is 50 F. To me, that means that there is only two seasons in this area — winter and almost winter. It’s taiga-licious. But, on the positive side, I did get what I wanted — to see a part of Russia outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg
Ukhta, thanks to its oil deposits, is an industrial powerhouse. According to the city’s website, the area gained importance after the Revolution because of its large amounts of oil. In the 40’s, the city expanded with the “help” of prisoner labor. Awesome.
So now I wait some more. That’s the general theme of this blog so far — waiting and patience. And not being able to really plan anything in advance.