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‘Cream-coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels….’

Yesterday was, what seemed to be, an excellent Monday. Mondays are usually absolute rubbish, but yesterday was quite good. Even though my first class was half an hour late turning up, we had a good chat (only one student) and then I trundled off to the office. No cafe stop, as my individual student had cancelled. Lots of photocopying later, I went home. It was so hot and humid – very sticky. In the evening, I had a phone interview for a company in Paris – it seems like a very good place to work, and I think they were, and are, interested in me. They’d like to see me for a ‘proper’ interview in Paris when I pop over there in Sept/Oct. The Paris dream may yet still happen. After that, I rang my parents – it’s been a while since I spoke to them, and it was a nice end to the day. I suggested to my Dad that he might like to come over to Moscow when I leave, so that he can help me move my stuff and so that he can see Moscow for himself – I think it would be great for him to step onto Red Square and see it for himself.

Today is another day, naturally, and it doesn’t seem as hot as yesterday or the weekend, which is a blessing. I have 2 classes today, and in between the two, I might go to the cafe and the bookshop – I feel I deserve it! Besides, I think I need some new books! I finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, and I have to say that I loved it. I read in the notes that when it was first published, it caused something of a small outcry, because it depicts a woman leaving her husband, which must have been frowned upon in those days. A wonderful, wonderful book, nevertheless. After that, I started and finished Murder on the Leviathan by Boris Akunin – very different from the first in the series, The Winter Queen, but still good all the same. What seems to be a classic murder mystery, with the suspects all in one saloon on the ship – quite good. Now I am currently reading By the River Piedra, I sat down and wept by Paulo Coelho. Once again, like all his other books, I am loving it, and will probably finish it in a few days, although I have been trying to listen to more music on the metro.

And so, there we have it.

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