I am writing this post completely in awe of how fast time flies. This might sound completely typical but it felt like it was just yesterday that I was getting on a plane to start my adventure in Russia.
I have been in Russia for two weeks. I am now half way through my time here in Siberia.
Camp finished a few days ago. It was 10 days of intense camping in the woods. I did stay one night, however the food got me really sick and I had to leave the day the kids came. I still was a part of camp during the days I found a ride out to the woods. It really was such a fun experience. How many people can say that they’ve camped with Russians in the deep wooded forrest of Siberia?
Even though it’s only been two weeks in this Country, I have been learning a lot of Russian. I also started taking Russian lessons from my friend Irina. She works at a cultural center and was kind enough to teach me a few times a week. Also whenever I hear a word used more than once, I write it down, and create a melody to the word in my head. So far my favorite Russian word is Ananas /ананас , which means ‘pineapple’.
I really love learning a new language, something about the challenge of communicating with another culture is so much fun to me.
Yesterday I went for a run, which is not very common to see in Tyumen. A woman jogging. Or really anybody jogging…
Weaving in and out of people, I put my playlist which consists of Arcade Fire, The Black Keys & that one recent popular song from Shakira on repeat. In the afternoon was my first Russian lesson. I take bus number 30. The ride costs 18 rubles. Lessons go really well. Irina was surprised with my pronunciation. I decided to walk back to the apartment I am staying in. It takes me an hour to walk home. I finally get back and my legs are tired. Bella gets home and says, “Let us go for walk!” By the end of the day I am exhausted.
I leave in two weeks for Italy. There is so much to do here still and also so many friends I have not seen yet. But at the same time my heart flutters every time I think about traveling to Italy.
Beautiful Theater in Tyumen