The Parallel lives of Franklin and Lomonosov Both were “Renaissance men” of the 18th century If there were ever to men who lead parallel lives it would be these two. Before a couple of months ago I had never heard of Mikhail Lomonosov. I’m sure that in the academic circles he is well know but … More Mirror Reflections – Lomonosov and Franklin
When we need to make something work in Russia we find a way. Related articles Can culture save relations between Russia and Britain? (rbth.co.uk)
Life in Ethiopia About a month ago, I flew back to Ethiopia to live and work in the capitol city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. My government office established and runs the Gullele Botanic Garden, the first botanic garden in Ethiopia. Their main agendas are conservation of biodiversity, research, education and eco-tourism. So far, it has … More Mirror Reflections – Ethiopia & Russia
Okay, so I’ve watched this and thought it was interesting. It’s probably fake but done very well. Watch it and tell me what you think? Does this stuff happen “Only in Russia” or what?
The loss of the “The Amber Room” has been a great mystery up until the present. But in the very new future it’s a possibility that it may resurface as a result of some very good detective work done by 57-year-old Herr Gluba and Gunter Richter, now 80. These two men have been on the … More One of Russia’s greatest treasures rediscovered? The Amber Room
Moving Day in Russia If you look real close you will see the guy sitting on the back of the car. U-haul we need you here. Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/picture-of-the-day-sept-24/
After a failed start as the Okhta Center the Gazprom tower in the newest project renamed the “Lakhta Center” has been given approval to be built in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. This beautiful historic city will soon be home to the tallest Skyscraper in Europe. The failed project was to be build in … More Will this be the greenist “Skyscraper ” in the world
Life in Ghana Hi, I was born in 1946. At present I am an innkeeper. In a former lifetime I was a school teacher and administrator. I am married to a Ghanaian. We have two wonderful kids, one here in Ghana and the other in Canada. As a young man I spent ten years in … More Mirror Reflections – Ghana & Russia
Lomonosov Bridge Named after the great Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, whose advances in chemistry, mathematics, linguistics and literature made him a kind of one-man Russian Enlightenment during the reigns of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, this beautiful stone bridge crosses the Fontanka River about 300m south of Nevsky Prospekt. Dating from the late 18th … More Ten most Beautiful Bridges of St. Petersburg
No. 10 – Lake Kucherla Lake Kucherla іs located іn the Altai Mountains аnd Katun Nature Reserve оf Siberia. Together wіth Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain аnd the Ukok Plateau іt belongs tо а natural UNESCO World Heritage Site entitled “Golden Mountains оf Altai”. No. 9 – Lake Teletskoye Lake Teletskoye іs the largest lake іn … More The Most Beautiful “Lakes” of Russia
In Luxembourg Luxembourg is the state capital of Luxembourg. In 4th century AD, on the place where now the city is situated, was built a Roman fort, designed to guard the crossroads of important trade and military roads. The fortress locked entrance into the narrow gorge between the hills, and the one who owned it, … More Mirror Reflections – Luxembourg & Russia
1. Underground Passages – where you cross the street without stoplights or the dangers of traffic. Most of them are lined with kiosks selling flowers, food, shoes, tickets to cultural shows, books, and other necessities. These “переходи” are especially useful during the brutal winters. Some are simple passageways, others are grand labyrinthine shopping malls. The … More Ten things Russians want you to know about real life in Russia.
The fear of crossing bridges, also known as Gephyrophobia, affects 5-12% of Americans. A phobia is an irrational fear of an object or situation. Phobia of crossing bridges in Mikkeli, Finland sometimes involves the fear of it collapsing, or has less to do with anxiety over whether it”s going to collapse, but that it offers … More Mirror Reflections – Finland & Russia
As we can see the Russian Banya is loved by every culture far and wide, the question is why is there such an attraction? In Russian folklore there is a story that the banya was inhabited by a spirit known as Bannik. Bannik was said to have the ability to predict the future. If one … More So what’s all the fuss about a “Russian Banya”
Moscow is the first city in the world estimated by the number of millionaires, so it proves its status of the world’s most expensive city. There are more than 40 operating fountains and 5 cascades in Peterhof, located in the suburbs of St.Petersburg. “Alexander and Natalie” located in the famous Arbat Street is the only … More More Interesting Facts about Russia
Silence is sometimes the answer. Estonian quote When money speaks, the truth is silent. Russian Quote In all of God splendor There are moments to be silent Something to reflect on.
The most enduring contribution of Spain to the world is its language, which was imported to the Americas with the expansion of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century. Now, more than 400 million people speak Spanish in 22 countries, including 35 million who speak it in the United States.a First Engineer Bridge crosses the … More Mirror Reflections – Spain & Russia
When I stepped into the church and looked up into the dome area. Seeing the windows and the light coming through I wanted to capture the beauty of the simplicity of the window itself.
Each church is a little different. This one had it’s little green domes, I do remember trying to determine if this was the best place to capture this shot. What do you think?
Struggling with a New Language Hello Everybody, I’ve started this blog to let everyone know what we are doing while we are in Russia. It is my hope to share with you our experiences, travels, hopes, dreams, hardships, and life in general here. I’ve been here in Russia know for the last several months getting … More Hello world!