By Jenna Weber
What do you do while you've simply graduated from university and aren't definite what the next step can be? Jenna Weber, whose consume, dwell, Run web publication has a major following, became to culinary school--but to turn into a meals author, no longer a chef. Jenna's fascinating coming-of-age tale follows her ups-and-downs as she confronts the pains of educating, will get her first task, offers with a kinfolk problem, and enters right into a love affair
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My parents paid a nominal fee for these. It was unheard of for anything to be paid for in full; because of how Communism works, people expected most things to be free or to pay only a little towards them. When I moved away, though, I knew that, to be truly independent, I had to start supporting myself. I began teaching dance to younger children as a way of making ends meet. There was a lot of work around for me to do, and soon I was making more money than my mum did. That didn’t stop her from sending me a little cash every now and then, though.
During the hours I had off, I would be content just to read. I’m very comfortable in my own company. In the whole of my life, I can never recall feeling bored. Dancing was what I wanted to do and I always got to do what I wanted – how many people can say that? We had traditional Latin and ballroom music but we’d mix that up with more modern stuff, mainly from the States. Of course, we didn’t understand what any of the words meant because we didn’t understand English, but that didn’t stop us from singing along.
Shortly afterwards, we left Russia together and travelled to the States, remaining part of a couple, both personally and professionally. When we were in the US, we broke up but continued to dance together and remained great friends. There are lots of things that turned out to be crucial in shaping my path that wouldn’t have happened without Anya’s influence. When I became ill in New York, for example, she was the one who persuaded me to go to hospital and to get a diagnosis that turned out to save my life.
White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story by Jenna Weber