Today, our gracious hosts took us for a short drive to see their beautiful birch forest. It was a gorgeous afternoon, sunny and hot, and the forest was beautiful. It was so peaceful. According to our driver, Alexander, it's a popular place to go to pick mushrooms! We also visited their river since it's a tad out of the city. Saw a few people out fishing...which explains the fresh fish that we see at the market (Kaz is landlocked so I wondered about the fish!)
Tomorrow we meet up with our coordinator, Svetlana, to discuss our options and see how she can help us out. Will keep you posted.