и сейчас, я в России! Я пообещала что, я буду больше писать по-русски, но я не делала, потому что я боялась обещать. Но сейчас я в Петербурге и чувствую, что я должна больше говорить (и печатать потому что я печатаю очень медленно). Если я могла говорить по-русски без ошибок, я не буду бы здесь. ну так, я в России.
когда самолет прилетел в пулково, я не возбудилась очень много, и я не нервничала. Я почувствовала себя как я прилетела домой. интересна было потому что было как будто было какая-та правда моей жизни. я знаю что в Ню Юрке, я подумала о международном сервисе для США ... это очень привлекательно... но в этом моменте, я думаю, что я хочу больше делать в России... и я не хочу изменить странах. знаю, что я часто передумываю... но вот что-то я хотела и почувствовала всем годом...
но что я могу делать чтобы осталась в России? это я должна узнать....
я в гостинице сейчас с нашем групом. эта гостиница ПетроСпорт. Я подумала, что была очень делоко от центра города, но Юлия (одна из наших работниких) мне сказала, что мы окола метро и за пять минут можно доехать до центра города. Я не знаю верю ли Я ее, но мы не в самом деле в городе. Наша гостиница очень приятна... не так другие гостиници, о которых я послышала или в которой я остановилась.
okay, in the interest of time... I ll write a bit in english... basically, the hotel is insanely clean, has a huge (read, olympic size) sports accomodations complete with pools and tennis courts, machines, etc. I got my Russian cell today -- so please call me! But if you do, you have to speak Russian to me. I even told my parents not to call so much because I want to speak Russian! This trip so far, while opening up a million more opportunities for me, is really helping me get some clarity on what I want to do with at least the next few years of my life... which is great.
so we arrived at pulkovo, and unlike last time, had no problems getting through customs. it was really easy. in fact, the woman who stamped my passport even SMILED at me, if you can believe it. this is a huge step up from the angry screaming russian women of last year. also, they now include helpful hints in english on the back of the delcarations card -- which definitely was not there last year. believe it or not, ladies and gentlemen, russia is making huge progress and i would not label my airport experience backwards in the slightest.
from there, we loaded into a bus and went to the hotel. we met julia vorobinovo who has been arranging stuff for us so far. she s such a beautiful young woman! i was expecting some woman reminding me of my st andrews TA tanya... but she doesn t seem much older than us, which is great. i also met another julia and a nastya. i m actually going to be living with nastya, which is fantastic. i asked to live with someone my age, and she s so nice and she said her 15 year old sister will be coming too -- she s just in bulgaria on vacation right now! crazy, eh?
while we were waiting for our rooms to be all checked in, i looked at the hotel bar (it s this really modern hotel, i ll try to get photos...) and saw a guy who looked very much like my love danila from brat II. is anyone else still concerned that i m in love with a dead actor whom i ve never met? well, never mind. anyways, i instantly became excited... and then looked around, and just realized that i think russians are just insanely hott. and guess what, i m in russia! so this will make a fantastic summer for me (inshallah), i can totally tell. nothing else happened with this guy, but just the thought of someone slightly resembling danila is enough to make me happy!
so we opened up our room, and it s beautifully clean. the bathroom is spotless and even somewhat elegant for a russian bathroom. basically, we re spoiled. two sets of guys got stuck with just one bed, but they ended up sorting that out.
OH, I forgot. we have a russian-only rule. so it s not really enforceable, but everyone is trying very hard to stick by it. i m not actually sure how much more we ll improve by speaking russian with other non-native russians (i.e. expect a ton of mistakes that go uncorrected), but i think it s really good to get in the mindset. and there are so many russians around with whom we can talk, it s really great.
so i called up oleg s friend kolya today. i was actually totally nervous (not a character trait i m often used to), but it was a completely cold, blind call to (gasp) a russian. i thought he spoke english, and he does but i m not really sure how much so this will be fantastically interesting. (hell, if my mom could do this kind of stuff, so can i!) anyways, kolya was really really nice on the telephone and so i m really eager to meet him... so i ll call again tomorrow once i get settled into the city!
dinner got delayed because there s some other american group staying at the hotel, too. so we started dinner at about 9. (the women who are administrating the whole scholarship prepared snacks in the form of cheese sandwiches for us when dinner got postponed from 7... heck, it s russia.. we expect this kind of thing... all the tardiness that is). dinner was typical russian cheese, mushrooms, bread and MOROZHENOE. yum... russian ice cream. definitely a weakness of mine. today i got to talk a lot with mark from stonybrook and andy from wake forest. there s a big group of us, so i m sure i m going to get to know the others pretty well in due time as well. but so far, those are the people i ve spent hte most time with.
so it s past midnight and it s totally just as light as it was at noon. i m loving it. i also had two mornings today with the time difference, so... overall, it s been a fantastic nachala v rossii. i m thrilled to be here.
tomorrow i move in with my host family, maybe see andrew r. and call kolya. hopefully by tomorrow i ll be adjusted to the time difference -- i ve been fairing VERY well so far. just a brief 45 min nap on the flight to frankfurt and then another 45 min nap on the flight to pulkovo... and i ve made it all the way past midnight! also, we ll get the final proper orientation tomorrow... i m definitely looking forward to more information!
i m just absolutely thrilled to be here