This past week, the weather rose into the 20’s, and Ukhta burst into life. All year long, it’s been cold and rather dreary. People have been bundled up inside, with the heater cranked up to the maximum. It even snowed in early May, for Christ’s sake. Now that the signs of summer are finally upon us, people are at last shedding their winter coats and are taking leisurely strolls outside simply to enjoy the sun. This past week I was able to walk outside for the first time without a coat on. In addition to that, I’m finally no longer a pasty shade of yellow, but instead, a proper shade of brown! Finally about time that I get a little tan.
One of the downsides of living in a small city though is that there’s…not much to do even when the weather’s nice out. As I was walking with some friends, we reached the end of the main street. “Vse, gorod zakonchil’sya,” they said nonchalantly. The city ended. There’s nowhere else to walk except to go back the way you came from. One can only walk back and forth along the main street so many times. Even so, it’s refreshing to see people finally excited to be outside and just so damn happy to be alive.
This past weekend we had a good-bye party for our friend Roma. He’s a current student at the university here who’s going to America through the work and travel program. It’s the first time he’ll ever be in America, and it’s his last weekend here, so of course, we had to celebrate in good style. One by one, everyone is leaving for the summer, be it to America or Europe, and not going to lie, I don’t want to say goodbye just yet.