Time slips away as the days are so busy right now . . .
I was going to post about the last day of our trip to St. Petersburg, but I only took two photos! Here’s one, from the train as we were about to leave the station heading west:
I regret that I don’t have more pictures from the restaurants that we ate at, or any of our driver, Vlad. He was awesome, and also arranged to have a second car and driver because we were so many people. He is the same young man who drove for us on our 3 adoption trips. He also translated for us.
A few days after we got home, Sofia went to her best friend’s birthday. She lives about 500 metres away, so she went by bike. The gift was in a box so big, she needed to carry it in a backpack. She also is carrying a bag with her swimsuit and towel because her friend’s house is right on the water and they were going to go swimming.
Steve sent Sofia a couple of dresses for her birthday. She’s mostly a shorts and pants/sweatpants kinda girl, but she has worn one of them a couple of times. It’s just kinda hard to wear a dress when you’re . . .
climbing trees . . .
swinging . . .
and climbing tractors.
August 16th was the first day of school for the kids:
Sam (2nd year upper secondary), Mattias (1st year high school – Grade 7), Joel (Grade 4) and Sofia (Grade 3).
We had terrific weather all summer, despite a prediction of a horrible summer. However, autumn is coming upon us quickly (I noticed the first leaves falling from the birch trees in early August). The last few days have been rainy and icky, so we’re hoping things dry up soon.
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.