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One of 4 illustrations for The Rumpus post, Journalists Invade Former Soviet Union.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Synopsis: It’s 1998. A California woman, a college senior, is working as an intern at the San Diego Union-Tribune. She spots a flyer in the lobby: REPORTERS NEEDED IN FORMER USSR. She decides to embark on a great adventure.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

My unfamiliarity with cold climates, the former USSR, and professional jobs made packing rather challenging. I relied on the LL Bean catalogue for my coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. I figured a Maine company probably knew something about winter…blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Wags was a more reasonable, but just as necessary, purchase. A stuffed toy dog, Wags, I decided would be perfect to crush in my arms when I was scared and lonely and far from everyone and everything I knew. He cost twenty dollars, name included.blank vertical space, 24 pixels highrusty hammer sickle sign of obsolete Soviet Union roller blades fedora hat with Press card stuffed toy dog

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