I've had a pretty busy summer since I came home from Ukraine. Since we still had several weeks before the academic year starts, I did some traveling. In July, I flew to Ohio to meet a new friend.
Katia and I met through my blogging friend Keesha. Katia is Keesha's new sister; she was adopted from Russia, just like me! Katia's family doesn't speak Russian, so she was really excited to get to spend time with me. The two of us went to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Of course, we had to stop to see the red pandas. We got along really well- soon we were chattering away in Russian about our favorite things.
The zoo was beautiful. As it's also a botanical garden, there were lots of lovely fountains and beautiful trees and flowers. The red pandas were the best part, but I also really liked the monkey island. Can you see the monkey behind me in the picture?
There were fun statues all over the zoo as well, like this gorilla. However, it was over 100 degrees outside! We were so hot that Katia and I decided to leave the zoo to do something cooler.
Katia is an amazing skater, so she took me to a local rink to show off her moves. I told her that I wasn't a great skater, but Katia insisted that it's in our blood as Russians. It was actually pretty fun! Katia showed me one of her competition programs. Both of us have experience performing, but I've never danced competitively, so I was really interested in Katia's life as a skater. I promised her that some day I'd come to see her compete; she promised to come see me dance in New York City some day.
It was a great day and Katia was really fun to hang out with. It was so nice to talk about our favorite Russian candy and tv shows. I had brought a stuffed Cheburashka for her- and it turns out she loves Cheburashka too!
Do you have any friends with whom you have something special in common? I loved hanging out with Katia so much that my moms found a group for me here in New York. It's just for Russian-speaking kids. It meets in one of New York's Russian neighborhoods.