Saturday, April 5, 2014

We Moved! (And other late March/early April Happenings)

6 April 2014
Kristen says...

Surprise! We moved! (It was kind of a surprise to us too--it was decided that we were going to move on a Monday, we had our pre-packout survey that afternoon, everything was approved by early the following week, and by Friday we were packed out, moved over and unpacked (albeit messily) in our new space.
Old Space
New Space
Empty, packed up library in the old space
Half-filled "I'm tired of shelving these books" new space!

We're still in Vladivostok, just a few blocks away and in a much larger (and fire safe) space.

With a backyard!
But still with a nice view of the bridge and other interesting things. Pip loves it.

There are still a few kinks to work out...
Water on the floor. Le sigh. Luckily this one has already been cleared up!
 So moving has been keeping us pretty busy over the past few days/weeks, but we have managed some other fun things in our busy schedule.

 For example, I spent a Saturday watching other people excel at a single-elimination tournament I lasted approximately 5 minutes or so, but it was all fun and games, even though somebody else got to take home those trophies.

Photography credit Dima M. Thank you! :)
 I also got to speak to and with some young English speakers at a locally-held English language competition (the same one we went to last year) --two impromptu speeches and an interview for local TV in the span of about a half an hour...good times! :)

 We've also been having some weird weather here...the grass is trying to green, but it's awfully hard with all the SNOW we had yesterday!

Luckily most of it melted as soon as it hit the ground, but of my Russian friends says we could have snow here well into May, so I guess we can't quite count it as spring here yet?


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