In april and march I was in Petersburg, Russia to study some Russian. I was there with my ‘odnoklassniki’, classmates, from Holland. I’d already uploaded some of my own pictures to Flickr a while back, but this week I got a shipment of new pictures from Yara, who was, we found out, our personal picture-taker throughout the trip. She literally took a thousand pictures or more of everything cool that happened with her present. It was such a pleasure to watch all those pictures again. Mine I had already seen more than once, and I had gotten used to them now. Yara’s however I had only seen once in Petersburg and then only on her little camera screen. I’ll post some of the nicest here now, be sure to check out the rest of them on her blog and my Flickr page. I also posted some of my own photos I didn’t upload before, I was that enthousiastic. The first day we had classes together we had dinner at a bar-like restaurant called ‘Krokodil’. The food was excellent, but the best thing about that dinner was the fact that we had all made it to weird Russia in one piece and we enjoyed the ‘vecherinka’ (a small get together) so much. Katherine, Ludovic (see pic.) and me had fixed ourselves phonecards and sheet music that afternoon and since it was bitter cold and it snowed it was a delight to sit down in a nice warm restaurant with nice people with whom you can speak Dutch. After a few days I got used to the cold, but then the heat in my room became a problem. Because in Russia central heating is on 24 hours a day until ’summer’ starts. This is a ridiculous waste of energy, because the temperature inside rises to sauna levels so that every sane person opens their windows and the heat escapes. A bummer was that the street on which I looked out was rather noisy when I opened a window, though the view was lovely.
As I discovered some really nasty looking flaws in this blog when opened in Internet Explorer, I’m quickly gonna fix that. I’ll upload more later, much more!
Well, since I fixed it already and my inspiration is still far from lacking, I might as well continue some more. I just turned on the gas heating in my room again. I love that typical smell when you first turn it on again after a long summer (ahem) and there’s some dust in it. The smell of the dust heating inside, it’s a nice cosy autumn smell. But anyway, I was in Russia, And then what happened? One of the first days I was still oozing with inspiration. Maybe it was the strangeness of the city, maybe the fact that I missed my boyfriend. But I actually drew and painted a little.
This here is the view from my window again, which is written beneath it in Dutch. I really liked the Russian architecture. Crappy and rusty as everything was, it really had an atmosphere, everything looked very real, and very Russian. It’s hard to explain, but if I’m something of a writer, I must be able to do it. It was a mix of respect for a country which is so big but still has cities that have a character, with houses that look like there’s real Russian people living there. It just appealed to something Russian I have inside me probably, which must be why I’m studying and loving it so much too.
This week has been real fun so far, but that’s also the problem with this post: the fun things seem to come in bunches, and then when I want to blog about them, I have to write a huge post. For instance I still want to tell you that yesterday me and my boyfriend were together exactly four years! And We both felt that it had been so easy so far. Everybody should try it, really! And I also want to tell about my visit to Sanne in Rotterdam. We had dinner and bought books with ridiculous titles, a hobby of ours that goes years back. But if everyone just reads this post first, and tells me if they really want all those other subjects too, I’ll decide whether it’s the right choice to do so. For now, I’m just glad if you were able to cope with this much blogpost.
Thank you and goodnight.