So it has been two weeks now since I got my acceptance letter into NSLI-Y and I still can't believe it's real! I have reread all of the information that I have gotten countless times and just can't wait until I actually go to Russia this summer! I am so blessed to have such an amazing opportunity and it really is a dream come true.
Since I have almost memorized our three page packet that we received about our trip, I will give a quick summary of what I will be doing in Kirov. Once I arrive, I will be spending three weeks in a 'camp' with about 15 other Americans who are also going with AFS. We will be taking classes in the morning and going on cultural field trips in the afternoon. After completing the classroom portion of my trip, I will spend 3 weeks with my host family. I don't know who they are yet (AFS is still matching people up) but I'm sure they will be great! While with my host family, I will try to do typical Russian things (going to a banya, dacha, etc) and eat Russian foods! It will be an amazing experience to practice the language and learn more about their culture. I can't wait!
Tomorrow I leave for Russia with my church and family and we will be going to Kirov again! I am hoping to go past where we are staying for the first part of this summer because some of the translators know where it is! If you want to hear about our travels in Kirov next week, please go to www.mission127.org. I will be blogging a couple times while there in addition to other travelers.