Monday, March 21, 2016

Women's Day Celebration

The Friday before Women's Day (March 4) was a day of celebration in a lot of work places. The school I work for organized a little staff meeting where we ate dessert, drank some champagne, and received flowers and a little glass jar. I wasn't expecting to do anything in my Intermediate adult class that night, but my students had another idea.

I was waiting for everyone to arrive when they came in with a bouquet of flowers for me. It was SO sweet. I felt guilty that I hadn't planned anything for them. We started the lesson as usual, and about 30-40 minutes in they started acting weird. I was having them work on an activity that required partner work, but then all of a sudden they were all talking to each other in Russian. I heard a few words like "cafe," "tea," and "she." Then they asked if they could take their break (our class is 2.5 hours long). I said sure because I didn't care. They kept talking then we went back to the lesson but they all seemed so restless. Then at about 8:30 they told me they had a surprise. They whipped out a cake and tea and we had a celebration for all the women in the class.
Slava, being the only guy, had to give a speech to all of us which started out in English but then he switched to Russian because it was much easier. I guess it's a thing for guys to make speeches to all the women thanking them. This class was my very first class ever at this school. People came and went in the class and although it was a challenge at first I think they are one of my favorites. We spent the rest of class eating cake, drinking tea, and trying to talk in English.
I had a student from another class come and take the group pictures, but I took the rest. I realized how terrible my indoor shooting is. I guess it's something I really need to focus on!

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  1. Ah, Women's Day is awesome!! I wish we celebrated it more in the US. This year my husband was like "sorry, I forgot" and I said "how could you forget?! You spent most of your life in Ukraine!" So I made him call up his mom and sister to congratulate them ;)

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    1. haha! That's so cute. My boyfriend is Russian, and I completely forgot about Men's day but then he kept getting phone calls congratulating him. I felt bad because I didn't do anything for him and we spent the day on a bus ride back from Kazan.

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  2. You gotta start somewhere with photography ae, it's awesome you've got this space to practise. Keep it up x

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    1. Yes! I think it's why I like blogging. It gives me an excuse to take pictures!

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