It's been a whirlwind! I just finished my second day of meeting many people, casting the principals singers, and working constantly with Olga, pictured above. Very bright young new grad student who has a very large English vocabulary. Anya also speaks English well. Most everyone else does not - It's kind of fun to feel like the strange foreigner, rather than the other way around. I just smile like the village idiot while the constant and rapid conversations swirl around me.
people. So full of life, Laughter all the time, conversations so animated they sound like they might be arguments, when they're not--it's PASsion! Good red-blooded Russian passion which is going to put the wind in "Dorian's" sails.
Not to speak badly about my warm, friendly hosts, but I had a conversation today with Olga that surprised me. Somehow the subject of software came up. I had said that it's not uncommon for a program to cost $500. And she said "That is so crazy! Nobody buys like that here. We get for 3 dollars, we get keys from the Internet. Much too much otherwise." I laughed and said--um, yeeeeah, that's a big reason the rest of us pay so much!
I don't know if she was exaggerating, probably. I can't imagine businesses aren't using authentic programs, but she's a university aged young lady who knows at least what her friends do, what she does. She claimed to not know anyone using an authentic copy of Windows, for instance.
- We can be disapproving, but it goes to show you that people can think very differently about many things in other countries.
Ah--I should have grabbed my blog's URL again--It's on the last post I put up, with the interview. I'm blogging through our local paper. I'll add it here again later.
Long day! Jet lag finally caught up with me--not so great feeling today, but I'll recover--Start rehearsals tomorrow!
TAKE CARE, EVERYONE!