As a belated-birthday gift, and something to keep and remember her by, Nastia presented me today with this beautiful gift - a matryoshka doll. Nastia prides herself on putting a lot of time and thought into gift-gifting, and this is absolutely perfect. It's beautiful; it's deeply, traditionally Russian; and it will always remind me of the connections I have made here on tour, with her and the other Russian families. On the bottom she painted "Шейне от Насти" : to Shana from Nastia. Which means I will have to retain some level of Russian reading and grammar ability as well!
|The girls roller-skating, Venice Beach|
|8 kids playing foosball|