Today I feel I must dedicate one post to the strong Russian spirit and their desire to celebrate life. Maybe it is because it is summertime here and people can easily find a reason to shrug off the burdens of the long winter months and enjoy every moment of their warm season. Or perhaps it is because they are not quite so bound by modern conveniences as we sometimes find ourselves in the Western world. As a dear friend of mine said recently, “this is what I love about Russia – every day is like a holiday and a reason to celebrate!” Whether it means baking in a public park under the intense northern sun in bra, underwear or speedo, taking pictures like supermodels in front of every statue that can possibly exist in this city or in the palace parks, or dancing to music in the middle of the afternoon because you happen to walk by and hear it playing, their is something magical about the people here. I really wanted to dedicate one entire post to this adorable woman dancing on Elagin Ostrov – I don’t know if it was her adorable red dress, her pink socks, or her smiling mouth full of metal teeth, but she made me feel so happy with her dancing! YOOORRRAAA Babushka! You can dance if you want to 🙂
Last week the weather finally began to cooperate with Sean’s final few days in Petersburg and we were able to head to Tsarskoe Selo to view Catherine’s palace and walk around the park. The park grounds are huge, overgrown in many places, and offer a nice peaceful refuge from the busy city center of Petersburg. Although Peterhof is more impressive than Tsarskoe Selo as a whole, I really loved the swirly patterns in front of Catherine’s palace and the way I could just walk along the paths for hours. Plus, there was one vendor there selling steamed corn on the cob and it was delicious! One thing you notice as you visit many “touristy” sights here in Petersburg is the number of young Russian women who love posing like models in front of all the buildings, bridges, statues and landscapes. It really is quite comical to me, since I hate having my photo taken 🙂 Anyhow, here is a small glimpse at Tsarskoe Selo…..
I am well aware that I have not posted anything new in quite some time, so this week will begin my endeavor to keep everyone updated on life in the post-Soviet space. Summer is officially here in Petersburg and White Nights are now beginning to wane. My husband was here for one month and during that time we experienced an amazing summer holiday, palaces & parks, lots of rain, and travel to three other post-Soviet countries. It was such a stellar month and I have many photos to share, but I will need to do so one step at a time, as it would be very overwhelming for one post. I will begin with “summertime in Piter” photos and continue onto the Baltic countries. Perhaps I will write a bit more at times, but for me photographs are my diary of life’s adventures and when I look at them, I can vividly remember how I thought and felt during those moments captured. That being said, I bring you my first post of a “summertime in Piter” series, beginning with the Scarlett Sails holiday. This is a celebration during the White Nights that celebrates the end of school for children – in the grandest fashion! The photos you will see from this event were taken around 2 a.m. when the sailboat began to make its way down the Neva. Last year there was a record attendance of three million people to watch the event! Hope you enjoy.