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  • Of Food And Love: House Guests and the New Year

    We did something new.  It was totally new.  And I can’t wait until we do it again.  We rang in the New Year with complete strangers.

    We had house guests!  They weren’t friends or family either.  These people found us via an internet housing share that we are a part of.  They stayed two night with their children.  Our house was full of screams, loud crashes, crying, laughing, and foreign languages.  By now most of you know that my husband is Russian and I also speak Russian (not as well as I’d like, but I do).  Our children understand Russian and only speak a little, but it’s in their blood (literally) so it’s a comfortable sound in our home.  Our house guests were Polish.

    Meet their daughter, D

    Her parents are physicists here from Poland on their post Doctorate studies.  She didn’t speak any English a few months ago and now, she is speaking with the cutest Polish accent and quite well, too!  She and Cylas became fast friends.

    And Roma liked her a lot.

    D has a little brother, J.  He doesn’t speak much, Polish or otherwise, but then again, he’s only two and half.  My D discovered that J loves the guitar.  Common interest, a language they could both speak.  And they played together for a little while. 

    We felt like we made life time friends over the two days they stayed with us.  We shared meals, talked over tea and exchanged stories of our lives.

    Shortly before bedtime on New Year’s Eve, we did the sparklers dance. 

    So much fun!  This past weekend was my ideal home setting.  New people, new languages, all the time.  I would love for my children to be accustomed to foreign languages and different cultural settings.  *sigh* big dreams I have, I tell you.

    Have any of you ever had house guests of this sort?

    Happy New Year!!

    2 Jan 2012, 10:18am
    by Deborah Kordecki

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    Love it, you will have to tell me about this house share!

    How positively awesome! This is a great way to expose your kids to other children/languages, plus you and her husbands get to make potential lifelong friends. Very cool. Oh, and to answer your question, no. I’ve never spent NYE with people I didn’t know! However, when I went to Chicago this summer I used AirBnB to stay in a 3 story house in the Ukranian Village. LOVED IT.

    3 Jan 2012, 9:04pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    That’s what we’re a part of! It’s awesome. I’m planning on running a half-marathon in March in DC and we’ve reserved a house through AirBnB. One of the best resources for travel, ever!

     

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