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Panaderia San Luis

Panaderia San Luis

Few days ago I was getting a haircut and noticed that some culinary business next door had been replaced by a Mexican Bakery. I asked the lady who was cutting my hair if she tried it yet, but she sounded hesitant to try something different. I, on the other hand, can’t pass a bakery of…

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Old Photos: Education Side-by-Side

Old Photos: Education Side-by-Side

In 1958, six months after the Sputnik was launched, the Life Magazine ran an article comparing an American and a Russian student and drawing conclusions about problems with the American education system. Many of these problems are still with us today; while the Russian education is not what it used to be, the American educators are…

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Old Soviet Movies:The Circus (1936)

Old Soviet Movies:The Circus (1936)

Although The Circus (Tsirk) was made in 1936 it was still shown on TV in the 1970’s and 80’s and the songs took on the life of their own with “My Country is So Vast” (Shiroka Strana Moya Rodnaya) becoming the Soviet equivalent of  “God Bless America”. The movie is beautifully done propaganda piece for…

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Old Photos: One Fine Day In The USSR

Old Photos: One Fine Day In The USSR

One day browsing through the Google Life Photo Archives I discovered a treasure trove of some old photos taken in the USSR sometime before 1956, when Stalin’s portraits were still hanging on many walls. These photos are pretty interesting, as they captured many small details of the Soviet life after the World War II, but…

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Behind The Iron Curtain: Communal Living

Behind The Iron Curtain: Communal Living

There are two kinds of people in the world – selfless dreamers and the rest of us. Selfless dreamers are busy dreaming up ways to make the world better, feed the starving, enrich the poor and keep the Earth at some temperature that they know to be perfect for all of us to live happily…

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