We got Internet! And it works! And I navigated the conversations that led to the getting of Internet with relative smoothness and linguistic competence! 

Unfortunately, there’s a cap on our usage. Technically we have unlimited use, but if we go above a certain limit, they slow the connection down to dial-up speeds, causing our friends and family to sound like aliens and freeze in compromising positions on Skype. It’s a wee bit of a pain. Fortunately-unfortunately, this means that we no longer have to go camp out in cafes on the weekends to get our work done and keep in touch. On one hand, this saves us the 20-minute walk to the city center, where all the wifi lives; on the other hand, it means that we don’t have to leave the apartment until we starve. 

Oh, by the way, last week, Anatoliy Nikolaevich came by the office and handed me two season tickets each to the local basketball and volleyball teams! Wasn’t that nice? The search for stationery intensifies as the pile of thank-you notes to write grows higher and higher.

Last night, we went to Anna’s (the professor that I was in contact with over the summer) for supper. Despite getting lost on the way, we eventually got there and were greeted with various Russian salads, homemade and slightly alcoholic compote, and 4-5 different delicious desserts. The trip home was spent in a food-induced stupor. 

In November, these guys are coming to Cherepovets (I haven’t actually watched the clip yet, so if it’s awful, disregard it)! I’m going to see if I can get an interview with them. Anyone know how to do a good interview that wants to give me some tips? 

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