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New Year eve at home

Bridge

Yep, first time in 7 years I came home early enough to see my relatives sober and busy with cooking, buying buzz, wrapping presents and planning holiday trips all the while finishing their jobs for the year and complaining about financial crisis nonstop.

Tower

Gosh, life in St.Petersburg is hectic! Phones ringing every few minutes, traffic jams, winter dirt everywhere – on my boots, jeans, even bag!!! In just a few days I managed to experience the monthly amount of stress and excitement. When I arrived I was told that my luggage was left in Moscow and that according to the new custom rules about international carriage I will have to personally go to Moscow to pick it up…I was so horrified I came home speechless. Luckily, the girl working at the airport misunderstood the new rules and my suitcase was delivered the next day. But of course nothing is that easy here. Me and my mom being impatient creatures to our roots, went to pick it up at the airport ourselves which led to the events where our car got hit at the parking lot with no witnesses and a large repair bill for my mom to pay….

Ermitazh

People in Russia seriously never make life easy for themselves. Turn TV in Tokyo and 80% of the broadcast will be about cooking and sport. Here I spend 3 days at home and already know in details about every military conflict, war, economical and ecological crisis there is on planet. Bad news flow from all over the world to the screens of TV so there is no surprise anymore when I call my best friend and instead of girly chat she goes on for 2 hours about financial crisis and all the rumors about devaluation of rubles and dollars…

Wine

Apart from my small cultural shock upon arrival at home, I have a great time here with my family and my friends. Me, Alex and his girlfriend went to see Christmas market and night illumination in the city. We had hot wine in the park and took great pictures on the banks of the river.

Nevskiy and me

We also went to the movies and later on to the sky lounge near Russian museum for coffee and cakes and a great view to the city.

Fenya and me

At home I play with puppies. My dog had 5 and they are all so cute. They are so funny, learning how to walk and eat from the plate..

Fenya

Today we have a lot to cook. New Year eve in Russia is all about eating and drinking so champaign and vodka is prepared in boxes and food in canisters to feed tons of guests and last for a few days during which noone will be sober enough to shop. ^-^ As usual my mom will give me an important task of staying away and not messing around. I’ll do my best!

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