After the introductory Monday, the week turned out to be rather work intensive. Every day 3 hours of group lessons until lunchtime, then 1.5h intensive course early after and from wednesday an additional private lesson to refresh the lovely russian grammar (last time i enjoyed lessons was 7-8 years ago after all). This week we focussed on the instrumental and prepositional cases and reviewed the accusative in private lessons.
The group was fun most of the time though there is one student who doesnt put in the right amount of effort which can be a little annoying and holds up others especially in group exercises with a partner. Monday we will have some new students as Miuki (japan), oskar (denmark and now elbrus bound) and birgit (east germany) finished their courses.
On top of the daily 6 hour regime comes homework that consumes another 3 hours or so for me (especially since Daria, my private and group teacher, isnt shy to hand out tasks). Admittedly this was all pretty tiring. Lets see how i fared in our test on friday. Monday will show.
Afterschool activities: Having met katya and hadley on monday, i stayed home in tuesday, met the grandparents of alex on wednesday (which considering it was an all russian affair didnt go to badly) and visited Moo moo burgers (near sadovaya station) / located thai box club (saw some pretty bruised guys in the area) thursday. I havent yet participated i any of the school organised events given my private lesons clashed … so i missed the visit to the vodka museum (but then the bottle of kognac viktor and shared wednesday eve more than compensated ;o).
On friday Nika, yuri and daniel took me to a public concert in ‘new holland’. We were late and only saw two songs in the end of the russian band motorama. But it was fun nonetheless in this nicely refurbished (and very colourful) outdoor space. Afterwards we sampled some really decent russian craft beers at the Redrum bar. Great night out!