The weather is settling around the nice mid 20 degrees Celsius, which compares to the warmer weather of my hometown. Only a few weeks ago, it was still snowing. And now? No trace of snow, but we do have occasional rain. It’s rather funny, because Russia celebrated the arrival of Spring in March, but the weather did not match the time of year at all. Now, it’s a mid-way point between Spring and Summer. The weather is mostly sunny, while the grass is turning green. I don’t know how many times I can repeat this, but the sudden weather change really amazes me. I can’t get over it.
It feels like not much has happened since the last blog post, but I’m probably wrong. The memories have lumped into a giant mass of good feelings, and also anxiety about returning to America. I strongly miss home. Even as Spring beautifies the city, I’m very nervous about the remaining two months. I want to make the most out of the short time, but concurrently, I want time to fly by ever-so quickly so I can enjoy the Summer back with friends and family in America. I’m certain my English vocabulary and grammar has died over the last ten months, but I simply cease to care. I’ll return home with an awkward speech pattern, odd lingo, but I’m sure I’ll assimilate and regain my Bay Area dialect once more. As much as one wants to deny it, Bay Areans have their own specialized form of English…..which rapidly updates with every new advancement in technology and music. Well, yes, you’ll see guys.
We’ll keep this a rather casual post today, without the deeper analysis behind this theory. But I assure you, the dialect is there! We’re making great progress in our school Russian lessons. We changed teachers, which really improved the whole situation of pedagogy, but I digress….I’m quite happy that school will soon end. May has yet to arrive, but I hope it ends soon! The end of school would also signal our trip to Saint Petersburg. I’m quite excited for the trip, because I’ve purchased a few books about Peter the Great; I’m just waiting to see the city myself now!
Some of the exchange students were allowed to visit the South for the end of April, but most of us continue to stay in school. I had a desire to visit Moscow on Victory Day, but I feel like that won’t be possible, because of finances and because of the difficulty of obtaining program permission…so I just remind myself of that life lesson: “You can’t always have what you want”. Oh well, life overall is great. I’m missing America like crazy, and I have absolutely no wi-fi access, so I don’t go on the Internet usually.
Today is just an exception, so in the future….there won’t be much more blog posts. Sorry!!!