Monday, November 23, 2015


Natasha was a dear friend I met in Novosibirsk. I actually met her mother first who happened to be our neighbor on the same floor of our apartment building. Natasha is the diminutive of Natalia and as I'm sure you are aware there are many Natalias in Russia. My birth name is actually Natalia so I quickly became known as Natasha also.

Natasha was a real gift to me. She got me out every day to go on a walk and she introduced us to so many different aspects of the Russian culture. She spoke very little English and I spoke very little Russian yet we managed to communicate just fine!

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