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Old Believers Lunch

July 5, 2013

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These wonderful people fed us like we were royalty. We started with solyanka, a traditional Russian soup, bread, cabbage soup, tomatoes with cheese and garlic, homemade rolls with the most delicious filling, homemade bread with currant jam that was to die for, and smoked fish.

Then they brought out mashed potatoes and meatballs, followed by an unbelievable roasted chicken with rice. Finally we were served these doughnut-type things that we put the currant jam on and I ate until I thought I might burst. It was by far the best meal we have enjoyed during our time here.

After the meal, we went outside and they sang us traditional songs and showed us how the marriage rites were conducted, by “marrying” two of the lovely people in our group. Then we sang them a traditional Russian song we learned on the bus ride out to the village. (We were terrible singers.) Then we sang a short version of “American Pie” and we laughed and talked until it was time to leave. None of us were ready to leave, by the way. It was a perfect day.

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