Friday, 26 August 2011

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Have decided it is not acceptable to bring my ninja turtles snuggie with me to Russia. This does however mean that my hoody with bear ears is an absolute necessity. As is the donkey hat.
Acceptable and Mature Winter wear
Sometimes I wonder if my lack of shame needs addressing.

I had my last exam today. The lecturer saw me when I came out (an hour early) and tried to convince me that I was merely being negative when I said I failed. Lovely a sentiment as that is, I most definitely did fail. Whyyyy do Russian verbs all look the same? And why is retaining Russian vocab to use in essays so difficult compared to French? Mon Dieu. Anyway. Exams are over, I am sure I have passed one...Hurray! I missed one thanks to illness and messed up 2. But I do know a lot about history, so I will at least be able to tell Russians who lived in the Soviet Union exactly what a dipstick Stalin was. Once I learn to speak Russian I will, anyway. 
Should be more concerned about the poor performance but I appear to be ill again, look like a chipmunk thanks to swollen glands and am extremely dosed up on codeine. Plus it's been fairly hellish just getting to this point so I'm glad to have got even as far as exams this year.

Visa invitations still aren't through but we are promised that the scans will be emailed to us by Monday. Ya ochen' lyublyu russian bureaucracy...really, what would a trip to Russia be without the excessive stress caused by the application process?

In other news, my town was subject to the ridiculous rioting and looting that took place in London this month, and the straw from the riot police horseboxes has only just cleared from Tesco car park. HMV was the worst looted and there was generally a lot of mindless damage, including the burning down of a major Sony building, but fortunately for me Milletts was never going to be a target and I bought essential thermal layers a few days after, when shops started opening again. If the rioters had a few more brain cells to rub together then they could have looted themselves some nice wet weather gear and not have been put off their 'political protest' by the drizzle.
I was angry. But then Boris Johnson brought his awesome hair to my town and I met them both. My life was pretty much made.
I heart his hair. 
       One week til Russia. Time for a haircut,         the ultimate preparation for any major life event. Memories of arriving in Russia last year, getting off the train with our backpacks and having our names called out and assigned to our hosts like evacuees... this time we go by minibus from Moscow to Yaroslavl' and get dropped off where we are staying. Worst part without a doubt.
Wonder if I should be getting a gift for my host? Hmm. Must find out protocol. Then schedule in a trip to John Lewis.

Shall continue to ignore list of things to do the length of my arm in favour of denial, for now. Time for some midnight cottage cheese.

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