When You Don’t Officially Exist

Word Count: 1743 I say tomato, you say tomato. I say Country X is a real country, you say it isn’t. I keep hearing “experts” throw the idea of Transnistria around quite a lot while at the same time being sure to emphasize its illegitimacy. But if you boil down all the treaties, debate and political maneuvers since the Treaty of Wesphalia into their pure … Continue reading When You Don’t Officially Exist

Let them know we tried

Recently, on one of the last warm days of the years, I was sitting outside on a bench, soaking up the sunlight. A man approached me, his eyes glassy. He was mumbling nearly incoherently and stuck out his hand to shake mine. It was immediately obvious that he was drunk. Drunk: *mutters incoherently in Russian* Me: Izvinitye no ya ni punimayo uchin horasha pa russki … Continue reading Let them know we tried