Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I've been in the Ural Mountains since last Friday (the 30th). I came to see my friend Zhenya who I met this summer while on Cape Cod. I randomly met her at the library one day and well...obviously we became friends. There are also 4 other girls out here that I hung out with all summer named Tonya, Tanya, Luba, and Irina. According to the girls we are actually in Asia right now but I'm not sure if that's right. They have been taking me to the theater and their Arbat and their university. It's been very nice being out of Moscow for a little bit. I've been staying with Zhenya at her grannie's house. Her name is Baba Anya. She speaks no english and Zhenya likes to go off and leave me with her for an hour or 2 at a time. Talk about difficult conversation, but my Russian is getting some good practice. Zhenya's parents came last night and of course there was a big dinner, and when I say big I really mean HUGE. Baba Anya keeps saying that when I go home I'll have fat cheeks because she is going to feed me so much. She is always wanting me to eat or drink tea or something. Last night we had soup, bread, some kind of beet salad which I didn't like, some kind of meat wrapped in potatos and fried then covered with leeks and sour cream (so good), some other kind of meat with noodles inside, pelmeini, compote. Then ofcourse there was cake that Zhenya's mother had made and 3 bowls of fruit brought out. I thought I was never going to be able to stop eating. Any time I tried Baba Anya and Zhenya's mother would tell me to eat. It's a little crazy but it has been soo much fun and so good getting to see Zhenya again. I've missed her so much since the summer ended and I came home. Well, I'll post more when I get home, along with pictures. Right now Zhenya and I are going to the movie theater and then to meet her friend after she gets off work.