Hi! I’m Sophie, and I’m an American third-year student of Russian cultural studies. I’m spending the next nine or so months in Kazan, Russia at the university where my great-grandfather studied.
On one side of my family, I have ancestors who fought in the American Revolutionary War under George Washington; on the other side, I have ancestors who fought in the Russian Revolution and were afterward exiled to China and Japan, never to see their families again. After having lived in Virginia for the greater part of my life, here I return to the “other motherland” for a year. And who knows what exciting things (for better or for worse) may happen as I explore this fascinating city.