Monday, April 3, 2017

It's Snowing in April

If you're human, you've probably looked at a calendar in the last three days and are aware that it is, in fact, April. I've been looking forward to April for months hoping, that by the time the first came around, all the snow would be gone and the temperature would finally rise. On April 1st I thought mother nature was playing a trick on me, but when I woke up on the 2nd and saw it snowing out the window I realized that it wasn't a trick. It dropped back down to the 20s the last few days, but looking at the extended forecast it's supposed to be in the 40s next week, so I remain hopeful.
Despite the cold, and despite the fact that I don't have good winter shoes anymore, I did a ton of walking. On Saturday A and I did some work then decided to go on a long walk with a stops to get lunch and get some coffee. We went to a new-to-us place called Lozhka-Vilka (Spoon-Fork). It was a nice change from our usual stop at McDonalds. That was basically our Saturday, but we did spend a large chunk of the afternoon walking around.
On Sunday I had to be in the center of the city by 11 for an individual lesson. I was actually right on time, which, for me, is late, when I realized my student hadn't arrived. I waited for an hour and fifteen minutes when she finally showed up. I love Russia, but the one thing I cannot stand is how late people are. This is an extreme example because I actually think she forgot about the meeting. I believe her father remembered when my director called them. Even so, it's not the first time I had to wait more than 15 minutes for someone.

After my lesson A and I met for lunch at Lozka-Vilka. I mentioned this before but when A likes a place he really likes it, so we end up going all the time. The lunch wasn't bad, and I was actually surprised how good it was, especially the chicken. I went back to my apartment until 5 when I met my friend, Lyaysan. I hadn't seen her in over a month even though we've been trying to get together. She's been really busy so our schedules never match up. We also walked a lot and ended up at Buffet to warm up because the walk was met with bone-chilling winds. I wanted to take pictures but it was just so cold that we didn't even want to stop walking, so I had to settle for taking pictures indoors. I've actually wanted to do more posts on restaurants around here but I always feel awkward about it. I managed to get some pictures from Buffet on Sunday.
Here is an embarrassing picture of me below. I look terrible if I don't smile in pictures (it'll cost $20,000 to fix that problem) and I have bad posture. Lyaysan was yelling at me to do different poses (hence the Russian girl pose below) and to not smile. The picture is actually the only decent one to come out because I'm the least photogenic person in the world. Also, does anyone know how Lyaysan managed to get the background behind me blurry? I try to do this with a small F stop but it just never turns out. The picture above was the exact same camera settings I used to take the photo of her. Should I have zoomed in on her more or am I just a crappy photographer?
How was your weekend?

8 comments

  1. The interiors of that cafe are so lovely and whimsical! There aren't many places that cute here! Sounds like a nice (albeit chilly) weekend. Also, you're far more patient than I would have been. Assuming it was a student, I'd wait 15 minutes then be all "I'm out!"

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    1. There aren't many places like that here either. I have friends who write about Germany and Ukraine and there are so many cute cafes!

      Yeah, normally I would have written them, but I didn't have her number, and she is also very young so I didn't want her to be there alone. But any other time I would have left!

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  2. What a cute little place! I'm with A, when I like a place I want to go there a bunch until I get tired of it.

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    1. You should hang out with him then... except I could probably eat Krishna every day until I die. Speaking of, we need to get Indian when I'm in town next!

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  3. What kind of lens are you using? And also, are you using manual focus? Those would help with the bokeh (blurry background) on portraits.

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    1. It's the same one as above, and yes, it's manual focus. I just handed my camera to her and she took a picture using the same settings I had.

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  4. Such a cute restaurant. I happen to really like that photo of you!

    I think it would help to make it blurry if you set the focus directly in the center so it doesn't put both the background and subject in focus. Also if you put your camera in macro mode that could help as well.

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