Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
St. Basil's... I know, not the best picture, but oh well.
Here is a link to some interesting reading on corruption....http://ftp.fas.org/irp/world/para/docs/ruscrime.htm
Despite it all, I feel safe here, and have had no issues..Really the most dangerous thing here are the sidewalks... uneven, holes. The other night, my heel got caught in a crack.. and the heels I wear are MUCH lower than most of the ladies here...
The office IT told me where to take it to have it looked at for repair. Well, just finding the place was an adventure (challenge).... Way up on the Gray Line of the Metro, then I went into 3 buildings... Finally, I found the right building. I was told they spoke English... .Yeah, they spoke English like I speak Russian!
So, they said it would be $400 for a new keyboard and a new motherboard, and they did not seem certain that would fix it... So, I decided not to fix it....
Then, I thought, well, I'll buy one in the US and have it shipped here - another great idea that is not possible here due to customs restrictions....
Oh well, I will figure something out. It is actually kind of nice not to be connected all of the time.... It has given me time to watch more TV. There is an English Russian new channel where I have been watching some very interesting shows and learning alot about Russia.
The longer I am here, the more truly bizzare things I see. I will post some pics from this weekend.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Back entrance to the Lavra
When I was here in March, I knew the gardens would be beautiful here...the smell of roses was everywhere! This is a view all the way down to the Dnieper River.
Right now, the local fruit available is very good. Cherrys, nectarines, berries, etc... you see it all on the sidewalk and in the metro. Well, I had never seen cherry trees before! I did try one from the tree - and it was a bit sour....