Image day Russia… (April 29th, 2018)

What a wonderful morning to walk. The weather is changing and my arthritis was out of control, but I pushed through it anyway and walked for seven kilometers this morning. I found lots of neat stuff to look at and wished Svetochka was with me. She has been kinda sick with the flue and was sleeping soundly this morning. (Knock on wood, I have avoided the terrible flue!)

Got lots of things to get done. We are thinking about going to the village, but after this week coming up. It is May Holidays and traveling at May Holidays is just plain stupid. If you are a sane person that is….for at May Holidays, Russians are insane… 😉

The cars are packed with Dacha and Village stuff and off they go to plant their Kitchen Gardens as they are called….this is what I have always talked about! Russians grow their own food when summer hits and there are gardens everywhere, even in the windows and balconies of the flats around Moscow…

In regards to the Lover’s Bridge image above:

Even though the tradition 99% originated in China, the Russians adopted (many moons ago) the tradition of locking your love in a marriage. The bride and the groom must buy a lock, write their names on it, lock it to the bridge and throw the key into the river, in order to keep their love for each other forever!

Us men in Russia are gaining a little bit of status….you know life is good when you actually get Barbershops and not beauty salons!

“Yessiree Bob”


A survivor of six heart attacks and a brain tumor, a grumpy bear of a man, whom has declared Russia as his new and wonderful home. His wife is a true Russian Sweet Pea of a girl and she puts up with this bear of a guy and keeps him in line. Thank God for my Sweet Pea and Russia.