This was seriously one of the best experiences I've had in Russia yet. A group of the kids picked us up at the train station and led us on foot to their school,apparently, taking us that we had to go the safe way in order to avoid "bad drunk men". So we get there and the rest of the kids are all standing in a semi-circle and greet us in unison. Behind them, we see that they have laid us out a mini-banquet. They seat us so we each get a group of about six or seven students. They start out a little shy, but before long it becomes a fight to speak. Every so often, the teacher randomly interupts in order to ask us for a new word or a new phrase (you know, important things like "lumbering along" or "to strut" or "get away from me").
Seriously, I've never felt so appreciated.
They are all so amazing. I can't wait until next Friday.