Posts Tagged ‘fulbright’

Cyberian Dispatch 16: The Shaman and the Pendulum

Posted on 06.07.2019 in Of Note
Cyberian Dispatch 16: The Shaman and the Pendulum

  Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac In America, the first warm days and the first blushing buds bring the opening of the baseball season. And in Eastern Siberia, almost two months later, the same phenomena mean it’s time for the opening of the Shaman season. Far from a game, the opening of the Shaman season…

Cyberian Dispatch 9: Playing Hide and Seek with the Angara

Posted on 01.14.2019 in Of Note
Cyberian Dispatch 9: Playing Hide and Seek with the Angara

Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac There are more than 330 rivers that flow into Lake Baikal, filling the cavernous Lake with one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. But there is only one mighty river that flows out: the Angara. In Irkutsk, the largest city on the Angara, the River is half a block from our…

Cyberian Dispatch 8: A Blazing Welcome in a Frozen Baikal Village

Posted on 01.01.2019 in Of Note
Cyberian Dispatch 8: A Blazing Welcome in a Frozen Baikal Village

  Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac The indigenous, traditionally semi-nomadic Buryat people of Eastern Siberia used to live separately from one another until the Soviet Union forced them into collectives where their language and customs were suppressed. Now, in post-Soviet times, many still live side by side with Russians in villages like Bugul’deyka, a tiny…

Cyberian Dispatch 6: 114 Gigabytes of Ice

Posted on 11.15.2018 in Of Note
Cyberian Dispatch 6: 114 Gigabytes of Ice

  Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac Most people who have never visited Siberia imagine it as a vast territory locked in permafrost. In fact, it was far from that when we arrived in September. We often walked about Irkutsk in shirtsleeves admiring the flowers and enjoying the warm breezes. Temps slowly diminished over time, but…

Cyberian Dispatch 5: The Closest Place to Kiss the Lake

Posted on 10.29.2018 in Of Note
Cyberian Dispatch 5: The Closest Place to Kiss the Lake

  Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac If the goal is to get to Lake Baikal quickly, Listvyanka makes it easy. Sitting at the source of the Angara River, Baikal’s only outlet, Listvyanka is a mere one hour marshrutka (minibus) ride from Irkutsk. It also has a reputation as the most commercial and touristy of all…

Cyberian Dispatch 4: A Glimpse of Moscow

Posted on 10.20.2018 in Of Note
Cyberian Dispatch 4: A Glimpse of Moscow

By Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac No city can be grasped in a few days, so our quick fling with Moscow is already a haze of veiled impressions on the fly. Gabriela had been once before — but long ago, and the city has changed dramatically in the interim. Mark never. The outstanding Fulbright office…

Cyberian Dispatch 3: A Sacred Island Reveals Itself

Posted on 10.06.2018 in Of Note
Cyberian Dispatch 3: A Sacred Island Reveals Itself

  by Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac Olkhon Island, situated about midway in Lake Baikal’s long crescent, is more than 70 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide. It has about 1500 permanent residents, most of them indigenous Buryat people, and the bulk of these live in the one small town, Khuzir. During the warmer months,…

Cyberian Dispatch 2: Russia’s Vast Galapagos

Posted on 09.28.2018 in Of Note
Cyberian Dispatch 2: Russia's Vast Galapagos

  by Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac How to comprehend — and then convey — the enormity of Siberia and the incalculable volume of the world’s deepest and oldest lake? These are early problems for our project on Lake Baikal. Russia is the world’s largest nation in terms of area, with more than 17 million…

A Change of Climate

Posted on 08.30.2018 in Of Note
A Change of Climate

Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac Our back to back Fulbright grants took us in 2017-18 to Ukraine and will take us in 2018-19 to Eastern Siberia. While the projects are 5 time zones away from each other, they have much in common. Both are focused on water that has been dramatically affected by climate change….

Mykolaiv Sketchbook: A Taste of Bulgaria in Ukraine

Posted on 11.07.2017 in Of Note
Mykolaiv Sketchbook: A Taste of Bulgaria in Ukraine

by Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac At 4:00 am on October 24, a woman awoke in Ternovka to bake a traditional Bulgarian cake called a banitsa. The cake was baked to help welcome us to a community in Mykolaiv where many people of Bulgarian descent live. And it is a symbol of how warm and…