In and around Moscow – clear skies, lots of sunshine, and not one drop of rain. Even in my cell in the St. Nicholas Convent where I stayed for the first week there was plenty of light and warmth. And the fed me with pirozhki from their own bakery – with potato, lentil, fish and, my favorite, pumpkin with lemons. I paid back with my presentations in the seminary – what a deal! I cannot thank them enough for their hospitality and caring for me, especially after a 13-hour long travel plus 8 hours of time zone difference.
Frankly, I was somewhat concerned about my two teachers’ conferences attendance as they were falling right on the last week before finals. I worried even more because the early weeks of May – between the May Day and the V-Day holidays – are usually spent by many of them in their dachas (cabins), planting vegetables and flowers. Many teachers support themselves by their own gardens and greenhouses and may not have time for any extracurricular activities. Praise the Lord, my classrooms were always full!