Unfortunately I am rushed for time again but I figured some news is better than no news at all...So life is honestly pretty good here. That isn't to say that I haven't had to make some major adjustments in order to be comfortable but the transition has been no where near as difficult as I would have thought. (I don't believe in jinxes fyi...yet) My host family has cable TV (complete with a Russian version of Married with Children...every detail indentical...just in Russian), hot water, fantastic food and thanks to me a serious Uno addiction. There are obviously things that I miss about home--friends, family, my teams and Buddy's Pizza--but each day here brings with it new experiences that I would never have a chance to know back in the States.
I think I mentioned this in a prior post, but I am learning Russian and am totally enthused about it. With all of the new developments taking place in Russia and all of the former Soviet Republics, Ukraine included, I cannot imagine a more important language to have under my belt moving forward. The langauge training is tough, however. I would guess that the first 5 days of classes covered well over a half of semsester's worth of college language course work. The fact that there are only 5 of us guarantees a ton of individual attention and that makes a lot of difference. Plus living among and with Russian speakers (my host family speaks zero english) makes it easier to practice what I have learned. I know the next 10 weeks or so of training is only going to get tougher but I think I am up to the challenge...
I bought a cell phone yesterday but the store did not have the Sim card I needed so I will have to wait until tomorrow to be able to send an receive calls. I promise to post the number here as soon as I get it. All of my incoming calls are free so call all you want (within reason). Keep in mind that it is 7 hours later here...EST. I am really not suppossed to be getting mail during the first 3 months so I will refrain from posting my address here...if anything changes I will be sure to post that as well.
It's getting late and I have to do some studying before bed...if anyone has any questions you can post them on here and I will do my best to answer them. Hope everyone is happy, healthy and not flipping out over the Tigers 0-3 start. I will try and post in the next few days...miss you all.