First of all, you need to know that we met Nelly in 2007 in March/April on our first trip over and she became a part of our lives then. She lived in one of the Road of Life family homes at the time and she knew English well enough to converse with us and be our "translator" when we stayed with her Russian family home. When we came over 2 years ago, our planes crossed as we fly over here and she flew to the states for a year. This second year she has been here in St. Pete and we have loved having her hang with us when she can.
So, one day we went out to Puskin--a town where the poet lived once and where Katherine the Great's summer palace is. Nelly got us in for Russian prices---as she told the lady in the ticket booth that we reside in Russia. We do, but that is a stretch as we aren't "residents"--officially! This is the same place we came with her and her family in 2007 and she and we had not returned since. It was a grand ole' day!