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Randianne Leyshon

Randianne Leyshon is currently wading through icy puddles in
Syktyvkar, the capital of the Komi Republic, a region in the northern
reaches of Russia. She’s a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant,
which, in addition to her regular teaching duties, allows her to
discuss subjects like mail-order brides, the lack of a Russian word
for “efficiency,” and how much fast food Americans really eat. She
dreams of living in St. Petersburg, eating pickled mushrooms, and
writing for a Russophile publication.

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