S: Russia 2009
BC: The End
FC: Summer 2009 | RUSSIA
1: The Chaos of Arrival
3: My Russian Palace Home!
4: "Wild Camping" I thought it was just an over zealous translation of camping, but I soon found out that it was indeed WILD camping complete with flooded dirt roads, open latrines, men chopping down trees, and a tents in the middle of the woods in the middle of a thunderstorm.
5: Russian American Christian University | The building is a former communist community center | Katya packing up the library which was an old atomic bomb shelter | Library entrance | Flags covering up Soviet propaganda | Indoor ski hill!
6: The Gardens at Peterhof
8: The Golden Fountains outside Peterhof
9: Peterhof, the summer place of the Tsars, built by Peter the Great
10: We walked the gardens, posed for pictures, squealed over a rare squirrel sighting, and ate apricots in the sunlight. | A beautiful day! | My gorgeous Russian sister Natalia who is a natural model!
11: My Russian parents, Igor and Julietta, the BEST ever! | Family
12: The Hermitage, the former winter palace of the Tsars and now one of the greatest museums in the world with over 3 million works of art.
13: The Hermitage is in the center of St. Petersburg. One walks through narrow streets that suddenly open up to the massive square and this impressive building that spans the length of the area.
15: Welcome to the Hermitage
20: St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg
21: On the streets of St. Petersburg
22: Bombing damage
24: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, built on the ground where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated.
25: Mini Gostinitsa! "Mini Hotel" | Our hotel room complete with communal shower and bathroom | Catherine the Great, a figure of pride for the Russians
26: Fun on the streets of St. Petersburg! | Lucky
28: Do svidaniya, St. Petersburg!
29: Do svidaniya St. Petersburg!
30: Zdravstvujtye Moscow!
31: WWII memorials, the eternal flame, and the changing of the guard at the Kremlin.
32: Outside Red Square | Tsar Nicholas II
33: Lenin's tomb where they wash his body every day. It has military guards, but you can go see him. Some believe he will rise again. Eerie. | A beheading block | St. Basil's Cathedral | S.N.C. T&F | RED SQUARE!
34: Dior | Vitya, our fearless guide! | Lunch in the fancy mall in Red Square | Check out our lattes! | St. Basil's in the palm of my hand
35: Before entering Red Square, it's considered good luck for a girl to toss coins over her shoulder to help her find true love. Widows are allowed to stand behind the circle and collect the coins.
38: My favorite building in Moscow: Church of Christ the Savior
39: After a full day of touring with Joe and Vitya, we rushed to catch the final train at midnight. An amazing day.. | We LOVE Moscow!
40: ENGLISH CAMP!!!!! | My class room. Outside! | I love my kids! | Kristi!
41: Working on our final project where we sang "Prince of Peace" in English for the camp. Vanya even played the guitar!
42: Sunrise =)
43: Vitya! | Nadia! | Olya | Katrina my running partner and translator at "Wild Camping" | Luba | Matthew | Onya | Ana
44: Touring the Golden Ring
47: The oldest building I've ever seen, built in the 10th century! | Climbing up to the ramparts
48: Joe and Ruth | Yana and Rachel | Me and Yana
49: Beautiful views!
50: Demitrov, Katya's hometown | Creators of the Russian alphabet | Couples place locks on bridges as a sign of their relationship
51: Balloon animals at the orphanage in Tambov | Miscellaneous | Sushi at the mall with my sister | At campfire one night, everyone was given three ribbons to tie on the wrist of someone who had impacted us that week. Truly humbling, and moving, and hard to have only three to give away! | "Until Next Time Russia!