S: Saratov, Russia
FC: Saratov Russia February-July 2010
1: Our final night at home and we had a small accident. | We had a lot of luggage for 5 months abroad. | January, 2010
2: We had a long journey... We left from Washington/ Dulles and arrived in Moscow after a 10 hour flight. We were driven to the train station and had a 6 hour wait for our train. | We left the US on February 13, 2010 | Traveling To Russia | SNOWSTORMS & CLOSED ROADS
3: While waiting at the train station we attempted to figure out where our train would be and how we would get all of our luggage to the train. This babushka was our "angel." She spoke no English but was great at pictionary and charades! | Our "angel" found a college student to help us and we somehow managed to get all of our luggage onto the train (with the help of a few drunk porters of course). We were grateful for the kindness she showed us! Needless to say, we were exhausted! | FISH STICKS? NYET, BIFSHTEKS
4: Some of our first views of Saratov. | Assuage our Sorrows | The Opera House, Church & Trinity Cathedral
5: During our first week our host, Natalia took us on a walking tour of Saratov. No town was complete without its Lenin Statue.
6: Snowy Saratov | Katie tried sledding "Saratov Style" by going down a hill by the Volga on a piece of cardboard!
7: We arrived in the middle of a cold & snowy winter. We quickly learned how to walk on ice covered sidewalks
8: March 5, 2010 | The Volga in the winter.
10: Sobinov Conservatory on Prospekt Kirova | Folk Instruments
11: We enjoyed going to Sobinov Conservatory for an evening of music. We loved the Russian folk instruments and their unique sound. We heard some opera and an accordion. | A bit of opera | Sobinov Conservatory | Accordion Music
12: The Regional Museum was within walking distance of our flat. | A Traditional Russian Wedding Dress | Ken got to play some music. | Our friend Nick arranged an excursion to the Regional Museum.
13: The Regional Museum | Hammer and Sickle...Yuri Gagarin's Plane...
14: Our Flat | Ken spent a lot of time fixing (or trying to fix) fallen drapes. This was not a highlight of our stay! | Playing Wii in the living room | The entrance to our building | Dylan's room
15: Our flat was on the 5th floor. We had 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, an office & no oven. Our flat was huge by Russian standards. | Master bedroom | My kitchen with no oven | Katelynn's room
16: Papa John's | McDonald's
17: Borscht | FOOD | Shashlyk | Chicken!
18: Judging a singing competition. | We always had an adventure, whether it was hunting for a school or "chickens in the yard, working hard!" | Sveta and her class | Visiting a class
19: We had the chance to go to the circus, visit some schools and judge some competitions. | Circus | Circus | Out & About | Circus
20: Birthdays and Easter | Kulich!
21: Katie spent her birthday in Moscow!
22: Parks | Victory Park
23: Sveta & Katie | City Park
25: We spent Labor Day (May 1) with our friend Todd, his family and church friends. We went on a picnic and encountered a forest fire, had shashlyk, took in an outdoor concert and walked across the Volga bridge to a sandy beach area. | Labor Day Celebration on Prospekt Kirova | Labor Day Picnic & Fire
26: Victory Day | We had our friends from Todd & Katya's church over for a potluck and then we went to Lenin Square to watch fireworks.
27: Around Town
28: Nizhny Novgorod | Touring the City | Ken was invited to lecture at a University in Nizhny Novgorod so we went for a week. Our wonderful guides, Ann and Kate showed us their beautiful city.
29: A Zoo and a River Cruise | Kremlin | We enjoyed our time with Kate & Ann and their friend, Alex. We were sad to leave Nizhny!
30: Horseback Rides | Our friend Dima set up an excursion to the woods. We hiked to a horse farm and got to ride through the woods.
31: Having Tea | Trying Kvass
32: Our friend Nellie, invited us to a picnic for her English School. | We played games, Dylan hung out with his new friend, Dima, and we had a cookout.
33: We went on an excursion to the Regional Museum for a butterfly exhibit. We all enjoyed looking at the butterflies. | Regional Museum
34: Maxim and Friends | Maxim was a student at SSTU. He organized several excursions for us. Here we are checking out several spots near the Volga.
35: Hiking | Dima and his friends took us on a hike straight up the mountain to a beautiful overlook of Saratov. We enjoyed a snack of PB&J.
36: Nellie's | Nellie bought her dacha for about $250. We visited for a day - took a dip in a wading pool, hula hooped...
37: Dacha | ...Ken "took a rest" on a rather unique bed, Nellie used home remedies for Katie's injured foot, and we ate a yummy lunch.
38: We enjoyed our church picnic. We ate shashlyk, played soccer, made "flower crowns" and shared our stories. | Church Picnic
39: Dylan's friend, Dima invited us to his home. Babushka Valia prepared food, the kids played & we left with a big bowl of berries, which Katie enjoyed. | Visiting Dima
40: We spent the day with Dima and his family at their dacha. We had lots of good food, including a yummy fish soup. | Dima's
41: Babushka Valia put us to work picking strawberries and had Amy try her homemade tomato juice! | Dacha
42: Ken had a conference at this Russian Sanatorium. The kids enjoyed swimming in the Volga but didn't love their lunch of liver. | Volzhskie Dali | Hot Days
43: Krytyj Rynok... Inconvenient Housing.. Supermarket Real... Yuri & Ken... Circus... Dandelion Fountain... | Memories | Saratov
44: a | Moscow | Katie started off her 10th birthday on the train from Saratov to Moscow. We got into town, checked into the hotel and headed off to see Red Square. A highlight for all of us was touring St. Basil's Cathedral.
45: Exploring Red Square was amazing. Admittedly, the kids were not thrilled with viewing Lenin, however we all enjoyed our time at this historical location. | The Kremlin | State History Museum | GUM | Lenin's Tomb
46: Sculpture Park...This park had many old statues of Lenin. | Statue built to honor Peter the Great on the Moscow River | Cathedral of Christ the Savior
47: Moscow River...We walked for miles through Moscow and saw amazing sights | Gorky Park | Eurostar!
48: St. Petersburg | Statue built by Catherine the Great | Lucky Griffin | Our guide, Maria | Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
49: The Winter Palace
50: Peterhof Palace | Gulf of Finland