Thursday, January 10, 2008


So it's definitely come faster than I thought it would. heh heh heh. Yesterday, Raisa came home from work (It was the first working day after the holidays) and she goes "I'm going to be going on a business trip the day after tomorrow." and I'm like okay. Because she's gone for the weekend before and it's no biggie. So I go "For how long?" The answer was "Two weeks." oh. Well, that's interesting. So I asked what I was going to do and she was like "Oh, we're just going to leave you by yourself." And I thought "Wow, cool!" Before I realized that she was joking. She told me that she'd called Maria the club president to see if someone else in the club could take me for two weeks on very very short notice.

They were having trouble finding someone as a lot of people had a lot of stuff going on with work and whatnot. Finally, they found a couple people who said they'd take me. One woman lives in "a really big house" (That's what I was told) but she lives outside the city and it would be really hard to get to my lessons and stuff. So for the next two weeks I'm going to be living with next year's outbound, Sasha, and her mom. I said I wanted to see what it would be like to live with a different family and I guess I'm going to get that chance sooner than I think. So it should be an interesting cultural experience. Though I am a bit terrified, because as with any new place you have to work out logistics and all, but it's only for two weeks, which in the grand scheme of things really isn't that long at all, but at the same time, it's a good chunk of time, because it'll take me through the end of the month of January. I think they have a computer there, but I don't know how much I'll be using it or anything so I don't know how much I'll be updating the next two weeks.

In other news, I must be feeling better because my cultural awareness and the continous anthropological commentery I have in my head has come back. This morning I was standing in the shower thinking about the things here I've gotten used to. Like the Russian thing about not telling you stuff until the last minute, or how you get used to the water being finicky and not always being hot enough, or have the temperature drastically change while you're in the shower, and how occasionally a tv channel you're watching will just randomly go off air for a bit, usually at the most exciting part of a movie too. It's all just part of living here, and you just get used to it after a while, and stop thinking of it as an inconvenience, just as part of life.

Anyway, if I get a chance, I'll do my best to let you know what life is like with my temporary family. Now however, I have to go and pack.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hi, I'm probably going to russia next year through rotary and I was wondering if you had any advice about what to have in mind when going there, any precautions that need to be taken.