Archive: October 30, 2005 - November 05, 2005

Moscow: A New Ambassador and the Bad Old Days

On Sept. 5, way back at the beginning of this trip, David and I received an email titled "Good Luck." It was from William Burns, the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, and he'd taken time out of his first month...

By Lisa Dickey | November 4, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (7)

Moscow: Rap Star MC Pavlov, Part II

In the midst of his flourishing music career, rapper MC Pavlov took a vacation to Thailand, where he got hit by a bus on a Bangkok street. He sustained a catastrophic head injury, and was in a coma for a...

By Lisa Dickey | November 3, 2005; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Moscow: Rap Star MC Pavlov. Part I

When we met MC Pavlov in 1995, he was Russia's first -- and only -- rap star. Four years after fall of the Soviet Union, Moscow's music scene was breaking out, with rock, jazz and blues bands playing in cramped...

By Lisa Dickey | November 2, 2005; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Moscow: New Landmarks and a Monument to Kitsch

In 1995, Moscow felt like the one place in Russia where money was absolutely pouring in. Post-Soviet capitalism was born here, and a flashy, in-your-face upper class had turned the city into a moneyed playground. Fancy restaurants had blossomed, purring...

By Lisa Dickey | November 1, 2005; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (12)

Mall Culture and Fast-Food Wonderland

As of today, David and I have been on the road for two months. We've crossed seven time zones and nearly 5800 miles, and have finally made it to Moscow! Wahoo! We also, I would proudly note, haven't killed each...

By Lisa Dickey | October 31, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (4)


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