I took a picture of family whips from willow tree (three different styles which each man/boy can make by himself – at least one type).
“Women hate Easter, men love it.”
Based on the headline probably it sounds a bit strange, but it is our tradition and I will tell you about it later. We celebrate Easter for 5 days – from Thursday until Monday. Every day has its name and importance: Holly Thursday (Green Thursday); Good Friday (Big Friday); Holy Saturday (White Saturday); Easter Sunday and Easter Monday in Slovakia. This year Easter Monday was on 12th April, but it is moveable holiday which depends on first Sunday after the first full moon and the spring equinox. Do you eat on Green Thursday something green too? Mainly spinach or different type of green vegetable.
It was 12:38pm and my journey started with 18 hours being in train to see beautiful Baikal lake. I arrived on Monday morning in Irkutsk and my way was from bus station directly to Olkhon island. My plan was staying there for 2 days and the second day I had to come back to Irkutsk (after that day I had flight really early morning to Moscow) and my plan was also Listvyanka.
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is spreading around the Europe and all the world, but we did not expect it will end like this. We can see now messages “get home as soon as possible” or “tickets were cancelled” or “you are not allowed to enter the country because you are not citizen of it, or you do not have resident permit”. Yes, those sentences we read and heard last days.
How did my journey start to Tomsk? Before coming to Russia I had to do all documents etc. I got contact on 2 Slovaks in Tomsk, so I contacted them and we helped each other. They are volunteers in Tomsk by same program – European Solidarity Corps. Since then we are in everyday contact with one of them – but we were just in online contact – we have never met before, but we admited, we have to visit each other when we are so close (if we look on that distance with Russian eyes, not Slovak – then it would be too far away like from one side of Slovakia to another if we want to visit each other). As you can see on the pictures – on the left side there is Slovakia (connection of home towns) and Russia on the left (for comparison where we live now)
What I was doing from January 16th as I came to Krasnoyarsk?
After two days I came, Julia offered us horse-drawn sledge ride in suburb of Krasnoyarsk. We dediced – yes for sure! Theo, Julia and me went to Julia’s house and later we were sitting on sledge surrounded by beautiful landscape. Julia was right when she said it will be cold there, because yeah it was but it worth it absolutely. Really beautiful view when two horses – son and daugther of horse who rode the sledge were running around. Awesome experience.
Do you remember I wrote I had to prolong my stay in Slovakia and I was upset about it?
Yeah, the sign I saw in Moscow was right! Всё будет хорошо. Not only that but thanks for it that I stayed at home longer I could see my ex-classmate from high school after 6 years. You can not imagine how I was happy to see her because she lives in Scotland since we finished school. As you see, even it looked horrible at the beginning, everything was good in the end. But I have to admit it was long time being home so I really look forward going back to Krasnoyarsk!
Before I went home for making new visa, I had a stop in Moscow (I need to change my plane here every time – so this time I stayed there for one day). My day, December 23rd, started with foggy and rainy weather in Moscow. I really could feel the difference in weather, but I already missed the snow, because it’s always nice to have snow especially on Christmas time, because last years we didn’t have it in Slovakia too (not for our Christmas Eve, which is December 24th). The snow comes later, not for Christmas.
How did it all start? I had flight to Nizhny Novgorod by Moscow. Everything went smoothly, one thing I was worried about was changing flight within 55 minutes. I had flight to Nizny Novgorod for On-Arrival Training for all volunteers in Russia. We are approximatelly 30 volunteers here, but as far as we were big group, we were divided to two groups. On the way from Moscow, I met a guy who is Donbas, Ukraine in war always two months and then he is coming for one or two weeks home to stay with his family and two daughters. When we were talking he was surprised that we are here as volunteers, because volunteers are needed in Donbas in war, not here. Well, if there are volunteers it is different meaning of the project of volunteering as we have. I arrived at hotel. It was too early so I just waited for a bit.
On Sunday, November 2nd, it was already one month I am here. Wow! By the way, do you know why time flies so fast? Because of feeling good, comfortable and being surrounded by nice, friendly, helpful people. Yeah, it is that time.