Thu 1 Dec 2005
Don’t be fooled by the title. Things in Moscow are actually going quite well…but the winter gray has set in and I will be very lucky if I see the sun again before I leave. I’m not sure when the official sun rise and set times are, but at 8 am this morning, it was still practically black–and by 5 pm…same thing.
Not a whole lot is new since my last entry. My second trip to Ryazan was more or less enjoyable. I’m really beginning to realize what a challenge it is to be a good teacher…and I have all that much more respect for my former instructors. The bluegrass lesson I taught was pretty well organized, but no good discussion really came out of it. In the end, I was just glad that they understood most of what I said and enjoyed the song.
Here’s some pictures of me with the students I taught.
During my trip I also visited the town of Konstantinovo, home of beloved Russian poet, Sergei Yesenin. The town was absolutely beautiful, especially as it had just been blanketed with 2 or 3 inches of snow. No surprise that a poet emerged from those surroundings. And here are the pictures!!!
Home of Yasenin
The calm before our snowball fight.
Mathias, me, and Kristoph
I spent Thanksgiving in an American-style diner in Moscow. Nice place… and though I know I’m in a different country, I still find it hysterical when these typical American restaurants serve every type of alcohol. At least in PA, it’s almost impossible to order alcohol at a diner…but we enjoyed wine with our turkey. (Pizza Hut also has a business lunch…wine, salad and pizza for 200 rubles. Dunno what it is…but back home, you don’t associate wine with Pizza Hut.)
Tomorrow I’ll be saying “ta-ta” to a few of my British friends as they head back to England. I’m most definitely sorry to see them go, but it’s been great having them…and maybe I’ll visit them some day soon!
I think I’ve decided that I’m leaving Moscow Christmas night–Western Christmas, that is. That way I’ll sing in church on Christmas Eve, spend the day with some of my American friends who will be in Moscow for the holidays, and head off to St. Pete on the overnight train (with Lord knows how many suitcases). That means only 24 days left in “our glorious capital.” Aaah! That’s not enough time ! The thing about studying/learning another language/culture is that the more you learn, the more you realize there’s more left to learn. Guess I’ll just have to come back sometime. Stinks, though…I finally adjusted.
To everyone back home–try not to get too caught up in the bustle of everything this time of year. Chill with your families and friends…and eat lots of yummy cookies!