Gooooodness four months of wisdom already.
This month, I wish I’d known:
- that university classes slow way down in December as far as the guest teachers are concerned (to the effect of: have had seven classes for the whole month), because of finals.
- that children in every country are extra hyper before the holidays.
- not to expect schedules, for any event.
- always to expect interviews, at every event. Just in case.
- that pomanders make great New Year’s presents, but they take 3 weeks to dry correctly. So probably starting after Christmas isn’t the best idea.
- that some of your Russian friends don’t know about chocolate chip cookies and must be educated ASAP.
- that pomegranates and persimmons are delicious (not to mention easier to get a hold of in the Far North of Russia than in the Far North of Indiana).
- not to waste time trying to teach Russians to clap/snap on the Two and Four, because by the end of the first verse they will slip back to the One and Three. It’s okay. ish.
- that skyping with your housemates is a really good thing and shouldn’t be procrastinated till Christmas.
- that the Northern Lights will come when you are least expecting them. As soon as you arrive, you need to have a plan to catch them… and also enlist help, in case you need to sleep on somebody’s couch afterwards. Also if it’s clear outside, just never sleep. Basically: