From Seoul to Helsinki in 30 days! travel blog


The next day on the train was spent almost exclusively playing cards. I didn't even get a chance to take any pictures out the windows! And two new kids were added to the group. Another Serioga (10) really smart and just a great kid, and his little sister, Iolia (5). Iolia is probably one of the cutest little girls I have ever seen. In the previous days she would walk by my room and smile and then run away, but I finally convinced her to come in and sit down. Though she was two shy to play cards, and the boys kind of took over, so I didn't get to spend much time with her. At one point there were five kids and two adults in our little room, I think Oxsana was about ready to kill them, but I was feeling quite popular. I also taught them how to play speed, and the older Serioga really took to it. In fact, by the end of the day he won almost every game. I didn't play as many card games with the younger Serioga, because he would cry when he lost or throw things. He was a sweet kid, but he acted more like a 3 or 4 year old than a 7 year old. Also, Oxsana would let him get away with everything, then get really mad, and he would just laugh. So I tried to stay out of his little tantrums, and ended up playing cards with the older Serioga most of the day. All in all it was a nice relaxing day. I bought some really tasty chicken and potatoes at one of the train stations, and got to visit with Oxsana and the kids all day long. It was really funny to listen to the kids talk up a storm to me, and then listen to Oxsana explain (for the hundredth time) to them that I only spoke Engleski. They tried to explain things to me in simple Russki, but mostly I just smiled and nodded. It was a lot of fun, and that night I completely passed out before every one else!



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