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Things I'll miss about Russia and things I've missed about Shanghai

Things I’ll miss:

  • Pan-fried potatoes with mushrooms and sour cream
  • Descending 100 feet deep into the Metro
  • Not having to confront my mortality every time I cross the street
  • Saffron and shrimp risotto and the softest burrata salads
  • The smell of my grandmother’s perfume
  • Crumbling yet preserved  19th century architecture
  • Starting every sentence in Russian with “Excuse me please, do you mind… “

 

Things I’ve missed:

  • FamilyMarts on every block (seriously, what does a girl have to do to get an umbrella in Moscow?)
  • Water pressure
  • Hot showers, in general
  • The sense of feeling at home in Shanghai, knowing how to behave in restaurants without giving off the impression of being shell-shocked, how to hail a cab, or how to act in public in a way that pegs you as a local and not a tourist.


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