Chronicling adaptation

A large part of why I wanted to start Sasha Scribes is to chronicle the process of how one person adapts to a new environment. It’s a topic that has always intrigued me as someone who had to fly across the ocean and adapt to a new culture and language as a teenager.

When I was 13, I immigrated from Moscow, where I was born, to the United States. My parents divorced when I started grade school, and my dad, who is a software engineer, became in high demand during the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s.…

Enjoying abundance of Asian food

The diversity of Asian cuisine in the San Francisco Bay Area has made a big impression on me so far.

I heard from people who’ve lived in the Bay about how awesome the food is here, but, to be honest, I kept my expectations low. I did, after all, have been spoiled by living for five years in Chicago, which is considered to have one of the best foodie scenes in the country.

But once I got to Mountain View, I immediately took notice that I had not one, not two, but three different Pho places to choose from in the 1.5-mile radius of where I live.

Carving out time for San Francisco

Moving and entering a new environment always comes with its drawbacks, even when you move to somewhere almost entirely objectively awesome like California.

I’ve lived in Chicago for about five years before moving to the Bay Area about four months ago. Right now it’s February – the coldest time of the year in the Midwest. So I am thankful I’m in a warmer climate, away from the bone-chilling polar vorteces and snowamageddons.

But I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss some things about living in Chi-Town.

I think most of the time the world is divided into people who love big cities and those who hate them.