Welcome.

Hello friends, family, friends-of-family, strangers, and creeps. Welcome to my new blog, the sequel of ‘MattinSiberia’, (www.mattinsiberia.wordpress.com), in which I will be documenting round 2 of my experiences living/teaching/traveling in the Russian Federation. This year the setting for my tales will be the sea-straddling hills of Vladivostok – Russia’s major Pacific sea port, and home of the Russian Pacific Fleet. Here is a nice picture of Vladivostok for your viewing pleasure: vladivostok

And here is Vladivostok on a map for your geographical knowledge enhancement pleasure:

VladivostokRussiaMap

As you can see, and most likely already knew (I’ll assume that readers of my blog are either family or friends, and therefore smart, or Russian, and therefore you know, like already know all this stuff) Vladivostok is hecka close to all those North Asian countries. Which brings me finally to the title of my new blog – sea cucumber cliffs. Perhaps many of you would have expected a title more similar to last year’s prequel, something like mattinthefareast, looking for some kind of consistency of expression. Or at least a title that sounds less like the name for some kind of Glad brand air-freshener that one plugs into an electrical socket (do those actually require/use electricity b.t.w.?). The title actually comes from the original Chinese name for the city – Hǎishēnwǎi (海參崴) which apparently translates literally as ‘sea cucumber cliffs’ (The area where Vladivostok now stands passed through the hands of various, mostly Asian, nations and empires before it became part of Russia in 1858). [side note – any ideas on how to do in text citations for wikipedia? I realize that even admitting wikipedia as a source is like totally taboo, but you know what, I love wikipedia and will cite it with headheldhigh].  So anyway, that’s where I came up with the title, and that’s where I’m now living, and from where I hope to broadcast many delightful, insightful nuggets of my life to you. Feel free to enjoy.

p.s. Here is a picture of a sea cucumber for your esoteric pleasure:

seacucumber(1)

-Matt

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Attention! Friends, family, and misguided web-surfers! This blog and the words, phrases, and thoughts contained within are those of one, Matthew Brian Nelson. They do not in any way represent the ideas, theories, policies, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or ontological philosophy of the Fulbright Foundation!

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