of St. Petersburg. And the money will go towards buying food, going on educational tours, and being able to get from place to place in the city. But mostly it would be really neat if I could meet family I've never met before. And just to see my mom get reunited with her family would be beautiful. I have only met two members of my family that live there, when they came here seven years ago. There will also be a wedding that we would be really sad if we couldn't attend. And to meet my grandmother's elderly sister, who has never seen me before except in pictures, is also something that I am excited to do. My mom, who grew up in St. Petersburg, is excited to show me those parts of the city that are especially dear to her. The apartment she lived in, the school she learned at, the parks she played in with her friends, all of these places are filled with memories that she is eager to share with me. Ever since my mom and my grandparents moved here in '96, they haven't had a chance to go back. In the fall it will be 18 years since she moved. I think it's really cool that in the fall I will be 14 and a half years old, like my mom was when she moved to the US. It's interesting to think that 18 years ago she came to a different country; I could be doing the same soon, except to visit, not to stay.
And, of course, I want to see the architecture, the museums, the palaces, to go on tours and learn so much about the culture, history, and language of Russia and my family. This trip means so much to me, not only to travel and have fun, but to learn and meet my relatives for the very first time.
As most of you know, we have a beloved, four-legged, furry family member that won't be able to go with us and we need a kittysitter to take care of him. I'm doing what I can to raise money for that by getting a babysitting and dogwalking job.
Thank you for making this dream possible, and God bless you.
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