Hello everyone! I'm so sorry that I haven't been posting much lately. I recently had a really cool opportunity. My friend Brooke's family invited me to join them on their vacation! We started our trip at Disney World! We stayed in the Wilderness Lodge, which is decorated to look like a National Park lodge in the Pacific Northwest. There was a little and waterfall right in the lobby! It had a cute bridge going over it, which is what Brooke and I are standing on in this photo.
Once we were checked in at the Wilderness Lodge, we headed to Epcot! There are several different parks at Disney World, but I was looking forward to Epcot the most. Our first stop was the Canada pavilion, where we meet these animals inspired by traditional Northwest First Nations designs.
Here's Brooke with an owl! We had fun exploring the Canada pavilion; it was my very first experience with a Disney park.
In this picture, we'd climbed to the top of an eagle and were balancing carefully.
Brooke and I were lucky to be at Epcot for the International Flower & Garden Festival! There were adorable topiaries everywhere. Do you recognize who is behind me? That's Bambi!
Brooke's family members are big Disney fans, so she knows so much about the parks and the movies! Since my family doesn't watch a lot of Disney movies, she was helping me to figure out who all the different topiaries represented. That's Thumper, Bambi's rabbit friend, next to Brooke!
Here I am in part of the Canada pavilion with lots of cool rocks and waterfalls! It was so cool and weird to see little glimpses of several different countries in Florida.
The Canada pavilion has a trading post where you can buy things that you can usually only get in Canada. Each country's pavilion has themed shops and places to eat.
Here we are at the Morocco pavilion! I really liked tiles. One of my parents, Mom, loves tilework. Isn't the fountain huge compared to us? A lot of things about Disney World were larger than life.
My favorite pavilions were Canada (I liked the rocks), Japan (I liked the cool store with lots of Totoro stuff!), and Norway (I rode the Frozen Ever After ride twice!). It was really fun to meet Pikachu in Japan and ride through Arendelle with Elsa, Anna, and their friends.
Epcot was a great park to experience Disney for the first time! Have you ever been to a theme park? Where did you go?
Happy Easter to all my friends! This year is special because Orthodox and Western Easter both fall on the same day. I love Easter because coloring eggs and hunting for them is so fun. I started the day by putting on my new bunny apron and coloring eggs for an egg hunt.
Once the eggs were dry, my family met in the courtyard for an egg hunt! Mama and Mom gave me an Easter basket full of yummy candy.
I got really excited because I received a chocolate bunny! Next, I posed for some photos in front of a tree- and then it was time to find the eggs I had dyed!
I found the first egg in a little stump by the brick wall.
The next egg was on the fence above the walkway to the back door! It was such a pretty turquoise color.
I found the next egg, a blue one, in a bush!
There was a purple egg waiting for me at the base of one of the trees in the courtyard.
I ran all over the courtyard and filled my basket with Easter eggs. It was so fun!
I loved eating Easter candies, coloring eggs, and finding the eggs hidden throughout our courtyard! I hope that you also had a wonderful day, whether you celebrate Easter or not! Happy Happy Holiday!
Hi everyone! I'm sorry I haven't updated in months. I haven't really been busy, but I haven't been blogging. Since I don't have a lot of new photos to share, I thought I'd update with another post about my friends! This is Zoya Yumiko Yamamoto.
Zoya Yumiko has lived in NYC for her entire life, though she often spends summers in St. Petersburg, Russia, with her mother's family, or in Japan with her father's family. She is thrilled that a few months ago, her Japanese cousin, Hanabi, has moved to New York with her family. Zoya Yumiko attends a local public school in her neighborhood, which focuses on arts and culture.
I love being friends with Zoya Yumiko because we both have different cultures in our families. Even though we both have connections to Russia- Zoya's mom's family is European Russian and my biological family is from Khabarovsk; I am Asian Russian! Zoya knows a lot about Russian and Japanese culture because of her heritage. In this photo, we're celebrating Hina Matsuri, the Japanese holiday of Girls Day!
Zoya is a fantastic friend. We met because we live in the same apartment building. She goes to school down the street and I'm homeschooled. We still get to hang out together a lot since we live so close to each other. She goes to a special youth group for Slavic kids with me; usually we ride the train together!
Zoya has a really cute dog. I'll have to ask her if I can take a photo of them together to add to the post later on! He is small and brown and white.
Do you have any friends with whom you share your heritage?