Friday, January 13, 2017
Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia
After they left we still had a few hours until midnight, so Elizabeth and I decided to watch a movie and eat chips and dip. I missed eating chips and dip so much I actually went to the store two days later to buy some. We watched Elf, and can you believe it was my first time watching it? It was cute, but I won't make it a Christmas tradition. I still prefer Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Christmas Story.
About 12:15-12:20 people started exiting their houses and saying "С Новым Годом" (Happy New Year) to each other. Then, there was an activity of fire works that was almost constant until I fell asleep close to 3 am. We hadn't planned on spending too much time outside so we parted around 1 am. My walk home was horrible. I could barely see because of the snow pelting my eyeballs. I was completely covered in snow, but I saved you the horror of seeing the selfie I sent A and my parents. I ended the night with an hour Skype call to my mom.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Nordenskiöldinkatu 11, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
Johnny, plays hockey for Oulun Kärpät. I actually didn't even know he played for a Finnish team until this trip! (As you can tell I talk to my family a lot...). I'm not going to pretend I know anything about hockey, so I don't have much to say in this post. I am used to going to sporting events for the home team, and this game was an away game for my cousin. This might be why I had completely different experiences at this hockey game compared to the Salavat Yulaev game in Ufa. It wasn't bad, it was just different.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Spain last year and missed it. I was mostly curious to see how this would be different from our beginning of the year parties. It wasn't so different. There was plenty of champagne and everyone stood up every so often to give a toast, but the main difference was the abundance of Russian salads.
Monday, January 2, 2017