So I know I’ve been remiss in keeping things up-to-date over here. Basically, after I got back from Moscow, I had lots and lots of work to do between lesson plans and my Russian lessons and everything, and so it’s already been almost three weeks since I got back from orientation, crazy. I also haven’t really been doing anything out of the ordinary, so there’s not much to say about the day-to-day stuff. Additionally I still haven’t taken any real pictures of Voronezh (sorry Mom) so my guilt has kept me away.
But I will try and give some brief updates. We had our first snow this week, which is pretty good considering it’s practically November. There seems to be quite a bit of drama about guessing how cold this winter is going to be. Some people are saying that it’s going to be the coldest winter ever, while other people are saying it won’t be so bad. Some people say that because our fall has been so warm it means that winter will be extra cold, while others are saying that the warm fall means a relatively warm winter. By the way, I have no idea who these people are that are saying this, or where this information is coming from, but once people hear it then everyone starts telling everyone else about it. It’s like playing Telephone but about the weather, and no one knows who’s turn it was to start.
I’ve also become quite the movie-goer, compared to last year or even this summer. I’ve been to three movies so far: Wall Street, The Other Guys, and then on Thursday I saw Paranormal Activity 2 (it’s Halloween, ok?). So far The Other Guys was obviously the hardest for me to understand, because it’s all jokes and swearing and stuff. I guess I’ll stick to dramas and horror movies. It’s easier to understand when there’s lots of crying and melodramatic pauses.
I’ve also been given an extraordinary chance to catch up on my B-list American movies, because one of the tv channels I get plays a movie almost every night I think. XXX (with Vin Diesel, not some other type of movie thank you very much) is playing right now. Last night they played Wanted (with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy), I’ve recently also seen Back to the Future parts 1, 2, and 3, Crank, that one movie with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo that didn’t do well, and that other movie with Richard Gere and Winona Rider that didn’t do well. This tv channel seems to pick the movies based on their B- or C- list status, and inexplicable and inappropriate use of classical music during action sequences. It’s actually interesting because I usually have seen parts of the movie in English or kind of know what’s happening anyways, so it’s not impossible to figure out what’s really going on. Oh, learning by osmosis, so fun.
I’ve also been lucky enough to see part of the countryside around Voronezh, and see some of the holy places outside of the city. Last weekend I went to a town called Zadonsk, which is in the neighboring region. It’s famous for its monastery and because a famous saint, Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, lived and was buried there. I saw some different parts of the monastery and churches as well as the купель, which is like a baptismal font, and a holy spring. It was really interesting.
As for this weekend, it’s Halloween! I made pumpkin soup to celebrate. Thursday is a holiday here (who knew that my half birthday was a national holiday in Russia) but there’s still lots of other things to do before then.
Hopefully I’ll take pictures and post them soon. Until next time!