Today Ali, Nathan and I went to volunteer at an orphanage. We got a taxi to where the orphanage was and the entire place was pretty much derelict! All the buildings looked run down (well, more so than the rest of Yarslavl) and all in all it was a pretty scary, depressing place. We eventually found the orphanage and met the staff and some of the children and the fun began! They were celebrating the birthday of Yarosavl so first we went outside in the freezing cold and rain and planted some bushes to commemorate the occasion! All the children, and me and Ali, had to dig with our hands and put the plants in the ground and the men were in charge of digging and water carrying. We then went into the hall where there was a long table with cakes and tea and we sat and watched some performances but the children and played games. We are not sure what we will be doing there in the future but they seemed very keen for us to come back on a regular basis, and the children were very cute.
After the orphanage we found a taxi and went to the Hockey stadium. However halway I realised I had lost my ticket and therefore would not be able to get in. Lucky. The plan was to try my luck at the door, perhaps with some bribery but the bouncers were terrifying so I made the hour journey home in the rain and darkness by myself. Much more fun than hockey anyway.
It is starting to get dark so early now! By six o clock today it was already getting pretty dark. Winter is definitely also starting to rear its ugly head in the form of ice, freezing winds and sleet. Luckily I have found a coat, I am going to look like a michellin man.