….. with Elena Bria
American Christmas is over. People are getting ready for a New Year celebration, aren’t they? I know for sure Russians are.
The New Year is the most favorite Russian holiday. To make it festive people save money, buy delicatessen, which they usually cannot afford. Houses get cleaned, clothes get washed, housewives exchanged with the recipes of salads.
Continue reading “A New Year is a new beginning or end of magic”
Which one of you loves winter? I bet not many enjoy this cold, sometimes snowy season.
I would like to share what I like or dislike about Russian winter.
Facts that I like about Winter:
Nature and the city are decorated.
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6 wedding anniversary dedicated to…
On average, Americans spend a year preparing for a wedding. Daniel and I didn’t have that much time. I came to the United States on a fiancee visa, which means that after three months I must be married or leave the country.
Since I did not know the traditions and hardly spoke English, the whole burden of preparation fell on Dan’s shoulders. Compounding the situation was the time of year: I arrived at the end of October, in November Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, in December – Christmas. These are two big family holidays. It was necessary to contrive and find a convenient date in between the holidays. The choice fell on December 7, Saturday.
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Today I drank coffee in the morning and thought of my life. Yesterday
once again there was this feeling. I don’t like it; I try not to even think
about it. But it comes. It comes with understanding, that I’m a stranger here.
It happens although I try hard to get accustomed. I try to
quickly master the American lifestyle, traditions, everyday life,
communication, culture. I’m in a hurry to understand everything that Americans
learn throughout their lives. I try to learn everything the sooner the better.
Continue reading “My life is a steeplechase”
Dedicated to friends
Many years ago in Russia, people did not go to see psychologists. Women met in the kitchens and men in garages. It was there among friends they could share their grief, hear words of support, and maybe advice.
Who chooses friends for us? Universe, circumstances, fate?
Maybe it’s all together?
There were three friends (female). They were close in age, married, had two children, lived in the same neighborhood.They walked with the children in the same Playground. And in bad weather days they met in the kitchen. They were similar but had different views on life, hobbies and interests..
Continue reading “Old friends I keep”
I was born on a beautiful May morning. But my favorite time of year is charming Autumn.
It started when I was a child. Unlike other children I waited for September 1 and the beginning of the academic year.
Over the years, my love to Autumn only intensified. I consider it the most beautiful and comfortable time of the year.
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8 am. New Bedford.
I walk along the familiar streets, looking at the shop windows (something changes often in Downtown).
Some of the passersby smile at me, Some do not pay attention. One old man looking like a tramp wished good morning.
Continue reading “It’s difficult to believe”
6 years ago I came to America with one suitcase. But first I sent a parcel to the U. S. with books. What were those books?
Continue reading “Books that traveled with me”
- Practical English Usage
- Correct your English errors
- English the American way
- Woman who run with the wolves
- Tomsk slums
- Mtsyri (Novice)
For the first time I saw Elena Bria’s paintings in 2017. Dedeeshattuckgallery gallery had exhibition of Paintings by young artists from St. Petersburg. Back then Elena was a student at the Academy of Arts of Saint Petersburg.
summer Dedee contacted me that one of the artists was in America and was
I jumped at the chance to talk to a talented
artist. I myself am far from art, but I admire gifted people who create
paintings, music, poems…
got together for talking, walking, and exploring New Bedford.
It turned out that Lena spent 10 days in New York. She said: “To be honest, I’m right shocked by New York (in a good way). It’s an incredible city. It seems to me that it cardinally changes destinies of people”.
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-What are you going to have for dinner?
-Oh, leftovers are always the best!
Continue reading “Leftovers vs Julienne”