I’m a couple weeks late posting of this year’s birthday week (M and J have their b-days 2 days apart).
First up was M who turned 15:
Then J who turned 12:
Two days later we had J’s party. We decided to do a car rally in town; one team with Stefan and one team with me. Each team got a bag with a digital camera, a list of tasks to perform and some money.
The rally took about an hour and then we met up for pizza. Back home, J opened his gifts, they played x-box, looked at each others’ rally pictures on the computer and had cake and snacks.
The next day Stefan’s family came over to celebrate both boys’ birthdays. One more cake . . .
And, a week + one day after his birthday, M got his moped drivers’ license!
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.