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Peace Corps, August 1, 1997

Diana Will be a Yale Freshman

Diana rocks the Ryazan Educational Advising Center

Wayan, Diana, and Vlad

Me, Diana, & Vlad, chillin'

In Ryazan I was assigned to run a Educational Advising Center for the students of the local universities. Actually saying I was to run it is an overstatement. Diana runs the office, I was just to get the credit. She is student at the local teacher's university and she volunteers at the EAC to improve her chances to get into an American university. She's aiming high with Cornell, Yale, and such. I wish her well, but the EAC is gonna die when she leaves.

She is smart as a whip, and always on top of all the different programs going on. Currently Diana is trying to expand the EAC into more of a worldwide advising center, instead of the Amerocentric center it is now. She also keeps all the other volunteers in line, advises students, and generally keeps herself indispensable at the office.

On the left is a photo of Diana, another Russian volunteer at the EAC, Vlad, and myself laughing outside the Municipal Marriage Center, where we were attending a wedding.

No dad, I wasn't getting married, I was just watching the wedding! There are no church weddings here, just quick vows in front of the Justice of the Peace, followed by a wreath laying tour of the city monuments, and a big party.

Now click on the photo to see a larger version so you can check out the wheels on the baby buggy in the background. I always though is was overkill to have such big wheels on a baby carriage until winter and the accompanying snow/slush came.

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