Russia 2004, Sweden 2013

I met Katja for the first time ten years ago in Tväråbäck, a small village outside Umeå in the north of Sweden. It was through a "sister-village" project that she came together with some other kids from a village in Russia. They stayed with Swedish families and we became friends. The year later some other Swedes and I went to visit them in their village, I was 15 years old. A couple of years later my friend Linda and I went back to visit our friends again and to do a school project. These pictures are from those trips, taken with my first digital camera, a Canon Powershot with 2 megapixels.  

 

Katja, together with Tanja & Nina

Katja, together with Tanja & Nina

The hotel where we stayed

The hotel where we stayed

The river was our shower

The river was our shower

View from the school window

View from the school window

This is where we stayed the second time

This is where we stayed the second time

Disco time

Disco time

The English teacher Laurissa helped us with our school project.

The English teacher Laurissa helped us with our school project.

Evening activity, dance to keep warm

Evening activity, dance to keep warm

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Katja & Nina outside the supermarket

Katja & Nina outside the supermarket

Last week Katja drove from Russia to Sweden with two university friends. It was lovely seeing her again and hearing about her life now. 

The girls wanted to see the sea and find some sea shells. They could not find any impressive shells but I think that they had a great time by the sea anyway. 

 

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Katja works at a hotel now and her English is excellent.

Katja works at a hotel now and her English is excellent.