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^ At Malutka Baby House, with Rosa (the orphanage Director)

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^ Arina, in our Karaganda hotel

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^ Arina bowls.

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^ Arina and her Dad

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^ Arina and Hussein (Aunt Elena’s oldest son)

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^ Anastasia (Aunt Nadya’s oldest daughter) . . . and her new baby!

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^ Uncle Yasha and baby Valeria

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^ Elena and baby Valeria

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^ Granny and her great-granddaughter

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^ Gifts from Yasha and Elena!

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^ One of my favorites, even if the focus is off. Yasha, Ira and Arina were playing the hand pile game.

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^ Sweet Eliza

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^ Eliza wanted me to be in all the photos.

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^ Granny and Arina

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^ Fun with Aunt Nadya

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^ Zarina, in route to the bowling alley

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^ Christina and Arina

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^ Ed, translator extraordinaire!

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^ Everyone loves Ed.

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^ Arina and Christina check out their scores.

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^ Christina and Nadya

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^ Zarina, Nadya, and Irina.

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^ Andrew, the cutest 6-year old ever. And . . . a conversation about Andrew with Arina:

Arina: “Poor Andrew has such bad teeth. I guess they rotted out. Maybe we can help Uncle Yasha send him to the dentist?”
Me: “He’s six, Arina, not Jack’s age. He’s *supposed* to be missing them.”

[to her credit, he and Jack *are* the same size, so it was a little confusing]

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^ We bowled, and bowled, and bowled, until everyone was worn. out.

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^ Double trouble. Also: notice how everyone is carrying Arina is this photo and all the photos to follow. She ran out of the hotel room without her shoes, which is a cultural no-no, so we had to take turns carrying her. And that was just fine with Arina, and everyone else too.

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^ Eliza carries Arina.

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^ Nadya, Ira, Arina, and Christina

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^ Elena, Yasha, Arina . . .

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. . . and Andrew!

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