So, I’ve been busy (surprise surprise) but some of the stuff I’ve been doing is actually interesting and not the usual. This week was full of fun cultural-type things for me, but I want to tell about them chronologically, so let me start with Wednesday.
One of the teachers who I work with knows that I’m really interested in music and folklore and folk music and all that, and so on Monday after my class she asked me if I wanted to go to a concert with a Georgian folk-music group on Wednesday. She had an extra ticket and thought of me! Of course I said yes, so I got to top off what is usually my longest day of the week with a concert. Now, I didn’t really know why the concert was happening, but it turns out that there was kind of like a mini film festival featuring Georgian-made films with the slogan “Two Cultures, One Faith!” and the concert was somehow connected with that.
I really enjoyed the first part of the concert, which is when the Georgian group “Tbilisi” sang. They were four older guys, singing what I guess were traditional Georgian (and some Russian) pieces. My favorite songs are always going to be the acapella ones, and they had some really great ones (I preferred the acapella songs to the ones with guitar and of course to the ones with the cheesy orchestrations). The singers were very endearing and sweet, and I think everyone really enjoyed their performance.
After the singing group was finished, the concert continued for another hour or so with different offerings from Voronezh-based singing and dancing groups as well as some short speeches or readings by notable people (I don’t know who they were but they seemed sort of famous). Although I probably prefer plain singing to anything else (in this case), it was cool to get to see the wide variety of performing groups from Voronezh. It was a really interesting concert, and I’m glad that I was able to go.
After the concert, I was tired, but some of my friends were going to go see Harry Potter sooo I went with them. I’ve been to more movies in the past three months than I had in the previous year. Anyways, I kind of loved the movie, but I can see how only people who have read the books and then seen the movies would like it. It was much darker/scarier/more serious than I expected, which was a good thing. It’s always funny to me how the names change in Russian: Harry is more like “Gary”, Hermione is “Ger-mee-oh-na”, and Luna is “Palumna”. Interesting. Now I feel like I have to 1. re-read all the books and 2. see all the movies before the final part comes out in July. A nice project for my nonexistent free time.**
**It took me about two minutes to come up with the word “nonexistent”. Inexistant, unexisting, unexistent, etc…My English continues to deteriorate. Ugh.