Category Archives: leisure

Putin on the Ritz

A favored Internet meme of Russophiles has forver colored the way I will think of Irving Berlin’s classic song “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” You see, when you have a stoic figurehead named Putin and such a deliciously tasty snack like Ritz crackers, … Continue reading

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“Hungry Games” Review

That’s right, though I have yet to see Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games,” I did get a chance this weekend to see Lionsgate’s expertly dubbed “Голодные Игры” (which translates back into English as “Hungry Games”). As an early fan (June 2009) of … Continue reading

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Ice Water Swimming

My first experience in icy water occurred in Minnesota in March 2007, when I participated in a Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota, jumping into a frozen lake. Five years, five more dips and 5,800 miles later, I’ve swam … Continue reading

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10 big ways to enjoy your adventures abroad

It’s important to plan your travel, though of course the best travel experiences are what happen when plans go horridly off course.  Having conquered some travel of my own this summer, I feel I should document my experiences.  So, here … Continue reading

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Data set drinking games

This semester I got into data more than ever before. GINI coefficient scores, FDI per capita, % of population achieving secondary education, Internet usage per 100 people, World Value Survey data, Transparency International Corruption Perception Indexes, and of course my … Continue reading

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Dear registrar, where’s the Sailing 101 course?

There is no physical education department at Harvard! Granted, I have been able to go sailing twice since arriving to Boston, but I was really thinking a PE class (polo, yachting etc.) would be a nice addition to my academic … Continue reading

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