Alina is from Medvedev Farm, which is in a steppe zone. The weather is cold in the winter, and the summer is very hot. Alina finds the steppe to be beautiful in the spring, when the earth is still saturated with moisture. The population of her village is less than two thousand people. At home, Alina speaks Russian, but she is also learning English in school. In her free time, she likes to draw, sing, and dance. Her favorite books are fairy tales and children’s encyclopedias. Alina finds it interesting that Russia is such a big country, with rich history and culture. Her favorite season is summer, when she can go for long bicycle rides, play with friends, and swim!