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Coming home

I'm in Moscow right now and it's almost time to head home. It's been an amazing six weeks in Russia and I'm really sad that I have to leave. The last week and a half have been pretty crazy. We finished school with a final test to see how well we know Russian. There re 150 questions and you answered as many as you could in 30 minutes. You had to get 34 correct answers to pass elementary Russian and I passed! After finishing school in Kirov, my host sister took me to her uncles banya about an hour outside of the city. It was an extremely large house entirely dedicated to the banya. Her uncle is also the coach for the Russian Olympic cross country skiing team, so it was really cool to meet him. We had dinner, went to the banya, and swam in their pool for a little bit. On Sunday, we woke up at 4:30 in the morning to take a bus to Kazan. It's about a 6-8 hour trip. We dropped our stuff at another youth hostel and went on a tour around the city. It's quite nice and the churches and mosques were beautiful. We also got to see the nice/rich part of Kazan where they built houses for politicians and other important figures. It was unbelievable! I hope we get to spend more time there another time. That night, we went on a driving tour of the city. I wasn't feeling great so I slept through most of the tour, but it looked beautiful with all the lights! The next day we drove three hours to another city in the Tatar region and walked around there for a day. We went into lots of churches and other old buildings. It was really nice as well! Our final day in Kazan, we went to one more monastery just outside the city and then to a water park. It was kind of small but still really fun. That night we took a late train to Moscow and got there this morning. We just spent the day walking around red square, arbat street, and other amazing sights. We also went on a boat tour of the Moscow river. After all of our touring was done, we went back to repack and relax for a little bit. We have to get up early tomorrow for our flights! This has been a really amazing trip and I'm so lucky that I was able to participate on it. I can't wait to come back to Russia again!!

Posted by kwood24 12:59

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Hi Kendall,

What an amazing expeience! We are SOOOO proud of you!

We can't wait to talk to you when you arrive home and have time to tell us more about this amazing trip.

We love you!

PPJ & GD

by Jim Hempleman

Wow, Kendall, you are so much more adventurous and energetic than me! I am amazed at all the things you've done, the crazy schedules and your positive attitude all the way through. It will be relaxing (in an odd way) to get back to your regular life, but I'm sure this trip will stay with you forever. We have missed you and can't wait to see you! Safe travels. xoxo, Aunt Allie, Uncle David, Maddie, Sam and Jake

by Allison Wood

Kendall, thank you for making us part of the adventure, it has been a fun read. Safe trip home and Godspeed.

by Donald Mosher

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