After sending off yet another email to our coordinator yesterday, I finally heard back something this evening. While we were thrilled to get a hint of a court date (I won't say what it is yet until it's confirmed . . . possibly later this week), we were disappointed to find out that we have another round of documents (and nonsense) to pull together. Our coordinator attached a couple of documents to the email for us to read . . . one we couldn't open and the other (the list of 14 things we have to get) was in Finnish, with the odd Russian letter thrown in. She has promised to have the documents translated to Swedish or English for us and will send them as soon as possible, but at least it gives us an idea of what we have to do (in so far as Stefan can decipher what it says). Let me just point out, that several of these documents we have in fact already provided, but for some reason, we need to do it again. Others, we just look at each other and wonder why . . . . .
On another note, I just got back this evening from an event at our elementary school. It was Reflector Night . . . an evening to emphasize the importance to the children of wearing reflectors when they're waiting for the morning school bus, bike-riding etc., now that it's so dark. First we went on a walk through the forest with our flashlights, along the cross country ski track, and counted the number of reflectors we could see hanging from the trees. After that, we drove at intervals along a dirt road through the forest where some staff and students were walking, all with differing degrees of reflectors on . . . from nothing, to reflector vests. The point was for the kids to see what a difference the reflectors make for driver visiblity. Once back at the school, there was barbequed sausages, juice, coffee and cinnamon buns. Yum! It was a fun evening, and I'm always impressed at the participation and parent turnout at our small school . . . almost everyone was there.
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.