18h on august 22nd
yesterday vika took me on a semi-official tour of chernihiv where we were shown around by an actual professional tour guide who happened to be one of my aunt’s former students and offered to give me a tour for free.
we saw like 4 different churches. on one of them there was a magic stone that grants wishes. i touched it and made a wish so i’ll let you all know if it comes true.
we also saw some haunted caves and an underground church. that was really cool and also physically cool (about 15 degrees, as opposed to the 35 degree weather outside). (on that note it’s been hot as hell i was really not enjoying it. today it’s like 20 and raining though so i’m happy and not dying of heat finally.)
then we collected vika’s son from his music lesson as well as vanya and went to the countryside, and i mean like the ACTUAL DEEP COUNTRYSIDE where there’s no running water (or bathroom, only an outhouse) and dirt roads. went swimming in the river to cool off bc, again, it was hot as balls and i was perishing.
in the evening we made a fire and sat around it and talked and at one point i pointed out that i hadn’t seen vanya in 18 years and then i just … started crying. & the kid was like “look dad, aunt nastya is crying” & it was awk but everyone hugged me and stuff so it was ok finally i just hate crying in front of people but i couldn’t help it i was just like when did we get this old vanya, when did this happen, it was all super emotional
then today we went for a walk around the village to see some more churches, then we took the bus back to the city. we went to vika’s apartment to drop off her stuff and i was introduced to her floofy old cat kuzya and he let me pet his tummy and purred. i love him.
then vanya and i took the bus to his parents’ house (where i’m staying) and at one point he told me he likes the name masha and if the baby is a “girl” that’s the name they’ll probably go for
tomorrow it’s supposed to rain a lot so i might hang out at home or we might go to the movies or something, not sure yet