Reading, or writing a good fiction book can be culturally and politically immersive. Authors like Ursula K. Le Guin have literally created entire civilizations through the written word, and used them to explore many anthropological themes.
"Back in the US now, but was in Cambridge and London for most of September. I ended up not needing your flat, but wanted to thank you for the offer. How are things in Russia? Are you doing fieldwork? Another exhibition?"