Monday, November 5, 2007
Skating at the new Evropeysky Rink
Talia is enjoying her time with me on our own. First of all, the kittens are so happy to have us home again after the weekend away (I had someone check in on them) that they are SUPER affectionate. They want to be held all the time and instantly settle in to snuggle. Talia also likes not having to compromise with her sister about what stories we read, what movie she wants to watch or well, about everything!
This morning I took her ice skating at the new rink in Evropeysky Mall at Kievsky Vokzal (train station). The rink is fantastic! There are actually two--one for adults with a cafe in the middle of the ice (hard to picture, I know, I'll take a picture next time we're there) and a smaller one for children. Natalia loved "shakin' it" to the music and declared that she could skate. I think she just as pleased about wearing her favorite pink marabou-trimmed skating dress as she was about the actual activity... In any case, I bet we'll be going there often! Here she is, um, skating...
I let her miss school today and we joined the K~~~ family (they were also at the dacha with us) for a nice lunch and "Bee Movie" in Russian. It was cute--better than I'd been expecting. We all chucked at this joke, spoken by a mosquito who works as a lawyer, "I was born a parasite... All I needed to do was buy a briefcase..."
Added on Tuesday: I forgot to write that yesterday was an official Russian holiday; that's why our friends were able to go to the movie with us. Dima had the day off from work and neither girl had school. Only Talia's school was operating as usual since it's private and English. The holiday is a rather funny one that pretty much everyone mocks, while still being glad to have the day off. There used to be a Soviet holiday around this time of year that couldn't be celebrated after the USSR fell apart. Instead the politicians invented this new one: Day of National Unity. It's quite ridiculous since the former Soviet Republics barely seem to get along these days, and there is very little tolerance in Russia for citizens who aren't ethnic caucasians.