It was a really good experience for me because I started remembering Russian words that I hadn't used in forever. The more I spoke, the more I remembered. But one thing I find really funny is that when I tried to say something in Russian, sometimes I couldn't remember the wording, and the Chinese word would come to mind. This is funny because sometimes when I would speak Chinese to my students, I only knew the Russian word. And now all of a sudden, the other language jumps out in conversation.
So I remember I was trying to say to Albina: "Sto ti dumaesh ob etom?" which means "What do you think about this?" And I accidently said "Sto ni dumaesh ob etom?" Small difference. But "ti" is "you" in Russian and "ni" is "you" in Chinese. And that was just a small example of how I could butcher up a sentence.
The mother-in-law was sooo nice. She would constantly thank me and give me hugs for helping her daughter-in-law. One day she brought me in this big box of Russian chocolates. And she offered to help me if I needed medical attention because she is a doctor. Her daughter was really sweet too. She complimented me on my Russian and we could even get to the point that we joked around with each other. She also took me to this really cool Russian market. Normally I would just go to Europa because I didn't know of any others but there is a cool market they told me about called "European Tastees." It is their favorite. The guy that works there is so nice. He kept giving me free samples of tons of Russian treats. Everytime I turned around he wanted to give me something free just to see my face light up when I tasted it. Also, at European Tastees, I found the best smetana (Russian sourcream) that I've found in Salt Lake City. Most of the time, the smetana would taste just like American sourcream, but I could never find one that tasted just right-like authentic Russian sourcream. But after my two new Russian friends told me about this particular one, I was hooked. So at European Tastees, I bought two bags of pelmeni (Russian dumplings) and just for fun, Russian mango juice. (It has a little bitter after taste that I remember most from Russian juice!). And sweet Albina bought for me the smetana and some Russian caramel chews.
That night I made Ramsey the feast and he really liked it.
The smetana we all liked. This is what goes on the pelmeni like a sauce. Those Russian Canadians rock!