Finally got an email from the college today introducing me to my host family: Larisa Borisovna, Alexander Pavlovich, and their cat, Demi. They seem very sweet– she’s retired and he teaches neuropsychology. They have two adult children who no longer live with them, so unfortunately I won’t be able to practice speaking with children who are the same level as me, language-wise. Their apartment is on Vasilyevsky Island, so I will be crossing the Neva river every day to get to class (and should probably examine the bridge schedule more closely– I don’t want to get stuck on the wrong side of the river at night.) At any rate, I’m looking forward to meeting them in just over a week.