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Update on Kate

Kate and the Aurora, Moscow, Russian Federation, 2008

Kate and the Aurora, Moscow, Russian Federation, 2008

For anyone keeping track of Kate, she will be making a big trip soon. This time it will not be on a train from St. Petersburg with a cabin full of crazy Italians but on a plane back to the United States.

Kate has her interview with the United States Consulate on January 14th, just two weeks from today. Assuming that everything goes to plan, it will take a few days after that for her to receive her new visa. Then she will have a couple of weeks to close out her work in Moscow and allow enough time for her mother to come see her off.

So, Kate should be back in Texas sometime in the first half of February. She will return to her husband Mike, a new position with the same firm she worked with in Moscow, and a newly renovated condo…Way to Go, Mike!

Wurstfest: German Food and Texas Fun

Wurstfest, 2008

Marketplatz, Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas, 2008

Wurstfest is the Texas version of Oktoberfest that is held in New Braunfels, Texas each year during the first week of November. Olga, Asya, Irina, and Kate all attended the festival with us. It’s a fun place for an exchange student to absorb a little Texas culture. The two Muslim girls did not attend because Continue reading

The Aurora

Kate and the Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2008

Kate and the Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2008

Docked along the river Neva in St. Petersburg, Russia is the the Russian cruiser Aurora. Someone unfamiliar with Russian history might dismiss it as just an old boat that has been put on display. Those who know a bit of Russian history will recognize it as an important part of the story of the October Revolution of 1917. The Aurora was a required stop for Kate who needed a picture for her uncle, an avowed communist. Continue reading

Good News for Kate

Kate, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2008

Kate, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2008

Kate has been informed that her petitions to return to the United States have been accepted. Although there is still paperwork yet to be completed, circumstances look good for her to reunite with her husband Mike in February of 2009. Hopefully Kate’s life will settle down. I know Mike will be happy to have her back. Continue reading

Kate

Kate

Kate

I don’t think I know of anyone as tenacious as our fourth exchange daughter Kate. Kate’s hometown is the small town of Lagan, Republic of Kalmykia, Russian Federation. She was an exchange student in the United States for the 2000-2001 school year. Continue reading