My favorite photo so far from this trip. I walked home in the pouring rain today.

It was one of the most refreshing things I’ve ever done. I felt so alive.

My favorite photo so far from this trip. I walked home in the pouring rain today.

It was one of the most refreshing things I’ve ever done. I felt so alive.

1 Week in Kazan

It feels like it’s been forever already.

I’m having so much fun with my group, by myself, and with my family. They’re great.

Yes, our group already has jokes. Or at least a few of us have our injokes. For example, 4:20 (or 16:20) is not the bad time that comes to mind as an American teenager, but instead, НУЖНЫЙ ГЕНТЕЛМЕН TIME! [Nuzniy Gentlemen, the Necessarily Gentleman…]

Today at precisely this time I received a phone call asking if I needed groceries from two fellow group members. Why? Нужный гентелмен.

Class is very, very challenging. I get hours of homework a night. I’m learning a lot though, and that’s what matters. I came here to not just experience Russia, but learn Russian after all. (To anyone who wishes to apply: don’t let this aspect deter you - the experience outweighs the work, trust me!)

As I said, I have fun by myself too! After class before I go home, I’ll explore the city a bit. I get lost a lot. I walk way more than I ever have in America. But it’s so satisfying to navigate an unknown place on your own and actually find what you were looking for. 

I’ve also had McDonalds…twice. Вот что я люблю! [The slogan in Russian]

 Just gotta put it out there that Russian McD’s>American McD’s. Take that, America. We do YOUR THING better HERE. Hahahaha! 

I bought books of Russian poets and stuff…and Metro 2033. I need to find Roadside Picnic and I’m set. :D

There are shelves and shelves of STALKER books…shelves and shelves.

………………Must resist buying.


I can also ride the bus and the metro home without error! УРАААА!

And my family is simply the best. Everyone is so nice and my grandma makes me blini a lot. Life is good here in Russia. Very good.

I actually sleep here too and get decent exercise. 

Well, that’s all for now folks! До скорого! (do skorovo, see you soon!)

Sent these two out yesterday to American Councils. 

I’m so happy to be DONE with paperwork!

Now my fingers are crossed that I get my visa…haha

A note from my brother; he’s 7 years old right now.
He needs to practice his handwriting, so I bought him this last night. I hope he uses it.
I’m getting close to that only 1 month until I’m going mark. Only the visa paperwork is in my way! I hope we begin that process BEFORE finals week! haha..

A note from my brother; he’s 7 years old right now.

He needs to practice his handwriting, so I bought him this last night. I hope he uses it.

I’m getting close to that only 1 month until I’m going mark. Only the visa paperwork is in my way! I hope we begin that process BEFORE finals week! haha..

Officially going to Kazan :) So excited!

Officially going to Kazan :) So excited!

“You may also encounter strange superstitions you will be expected to follow, and your host parents will likely give you a lot of advice, whether you asked for it or not. Keep in mind that speech in your host country is often more direct than in American English. Participants often find that Russians tend to say exactly what they are thinking, rather than glossing things over, or being “politically correct”. While this can initially be tough, a majority of participants come to appreciate this characteristic of Russians. Consider this – when you comment that someone is wearing an “interesting outfit,” how often is it truly interesting? In this situation in your host country, your host mom might say “That outfit is not flattering. You should wear something else.” Such a statement is not made with ill intent. This kind of honest advice is her way of showing she cares about you.

I’m excited too!

HELLO AND WELCOME

[ЗДРАСТВУЙТЕ И ДОБРО ПОЖАЛОВАТЬ]

Hello and welcome to my blog.

My name is Cassidy! Меня зовут Кассэди!

I’m 17 years old, and I speak Russian and English. Мне 17 лет, а я говорю по-русски и по-английски.

I was born and live in the USA, in the state of Pennsylvania. Я родилась и живу в США, в штате Пенсильвании.

I love Russia, from it’s language to its history to its culture and back again.

I was one of the lucky 60-75 (somewhere in that range) people to receive this last week:

ACCEPTANCE LETTER!

I’m so thrilled! Based upon my Russian abilities I will most likely end up in Kazan. 

Here’s a short and sweet video about NSLI-Y (click the link to go to their website!):

I have to be in Washington DC for my orientation on the 21st of June. On the 24th,  I AM GOING TO RUSSIA! Я БУДУ БЫТЬ В РОССИИ!

 I’ll update this blog whenever I have time to do so!