Look closely and you will see the fire. I didn’t want to get too close. Taking a photo of a garbage fire just screams tourist.
A note about the photos: Both of these photos were taken on major pedestrian thoroughfares. I wasn’t out in the hood. More like a Rush Street or Lexington Avenue.
Today I received my first piece of fruit from a student– a banana! I thanked her and told her I would see her next week (in Russian). She looked at me like I was a hyena.
It’s the small things that count.
Anecdote: I was talking to a tutor for a fancy British tutoring company. She told me that once when she was working in Moscow, her client gave her an iPad as a thank you gift. I guess he thought a regular apple wasn’t good enough. I wonder what I can get for this banana?
Me: It was a joke.
Student: A joke? Hmm not a joke. You want to know joke? You in Russia. This is joke!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers!
Since Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Russia and today is just like any other, I am going to go ahead and skip to Christmas which I will be home for! Wee!
Now, if anyone wants to throw a party for me resembling the below video I would not resist.
I’m pretty sure Tommy stole this from my idea of heaven.
In Russia when you ride the bus or the tram or the trolley, you get a paper ticket as proof of purchase. If the sum of the first three numbers equals the sum of the second three numbers then you have a received a “happy ticket.” This is a very lucky ticket and in order to receive the luck it brings you must eat it.
It’s true, it has been corroborated by Valya.
Me: And who is your favorite author?
11- year old: Gogol, of course.