A Wonderful Sunny Wintry Day
Yesterday’s snowstorm blew over and nice sunny weather has settled over Izhevsk. The air is crisp and so is the snow. Not wishing to waste such a good opportunity I went for a little walk and took a few photos earlier in the afternoon. Without meaning to offend Mother Nature, I wish there were more green colour in winter… and more flowers too… and more bird singing… To put it another way, I wish it were summer now. Christmas and birthday presents were all opened and enjoyed so… I am now all ready to greet the new summer season, only it won’t happen until late May.
Naheed asked what my name means. First of all, like many other names in Russia, Anastasia is a Greek name. Greek names came into Russia along with the orthodox religion in the 10th century, when pagan names were replaced with biblical ones. The literal meaning of the name Anastasia is “resurrection”. And what does your name mean everybody? Do you know the origin of your name and why your parents gave you this name? I have seen in the comments quite a few names looking somewhat exotic. Mercé from Spain, Enea from Italy, Ibrahima from Guinea, Mashuskin from Zaire and Trudi and Teah (the last name must have something to do with “goddess” by the looks and sound of it).
Elena, apart from English I am also learning (or rather trying to learn) Spanish and Italian. Learning a language is akin to discovering a new world. How would you describe it? It is a continuous process too. As long as I know there are errors in my written or spoken English, I won't stop learning it and trying to improve it. I got a degree in accountancy two years ago but have never really worked as an accountant. For a year I worked as an economist for a pharmaceutical company where I was responsible for the translation of all foreign correspondence conducted in English and I even had to act as an interpreter a couple of times (!). Then there followed a three-month holiday when I went to the UK. On my return from the UK, in August 2007, I got a job as a translator at a big factory. Guess what I am doing at the moment… I am unemployed. I am tutoring a few little children but it doesn’t take a tenth of the time spent at work. This gives me plenty of time to prepare for my wedding in May. In fact, I have already bought a very beautiful wedding dress and I am being tempted to show a photo of it to you all. Much as I want to do it, I can’t. Yes, because my fiancé will see it too. And it’s bad luck. It would also ruin a surprise for him :)
Oh yes, I nearly forgot to mention that I also worked for a building company on the Yamal peninsula; it is the north of Russia. That was a very interesting experience (with deer, indigenous people, northern lights, cold and blizzards). I promise to tell you more about it later and now I must love you and leave you with one of the photos I took today.
With best wishes,
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