One month down...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

We've survived one month! Well technically not in Russia, but I have officially been gone from the states for a month. I am definitely enjoying myself here but I am starting to miss everyone at home. For some reason I really want it to be Christmas. I've had Christmas music stuck in my head for the past week now. I don’t know if I want it so bad because that means I get to see everyone or if I just want the whole snow/Christmas thing. The leaves are changing here and everything is beautiful but I think that makes me miss home a little more, too. I don't think there is any apple or pumpkin picking around here.

Yesterday we went on an Excursion to the State Museum of Russian Political History. It was pretty interesting and the entire museum was located in the mansion of the First Russian ballerina who was apparently the mistress of Nicholas II. After that a few of us went to Картошка which is a fast food restaurant but all you can order is potatoes. They add toppings and do all sorts of stuff with them. It was actually very good.

After lunch we went to a huge outdoor market. There were hundred of stands, selling everything from scarves, hats, gloves, fur coat, boot, sneakers, etc. It was completely insane. I bought a scarf and some gloves. I wanted to buy some boots but it was way to complicated to even try.

We finally went out last night! We took the metro down to Nevsky and went to a place called Mr. Patito. It was really dark but very low key with couches instead of seats. Betsey and I shared a pizza, I got an amazing beer, and even more amazing ice cream. Everything was great and very reasonably prices. Next door to Mr. Patito's was a bar called Liverpool. It’s a Beatles themed bar and they had an amazing live band playing all Beatles songs but everything was overpriced and the service was terrible. We each got one drink and our bill was same as the first place where we all got drinks, pizza, and ice cream. It was still fun though and I'm glad I finally went out. I certainly couldn't afford to do it every night like some people here do.

Today I spent a while in McD's finally finishing uploading all my pictures so far and labeling them! At some point tonight I have to pack up all my stuff because they are fumigating the rooms tomorrow to get rid of the bug problem. We (knock on wood) still haven't gotten any yet but we'll do what ever we can to prevent it from happening.

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