I am well aware that an update to my blog is well overdue – my apologies! Upon returning to Russia following two lovely weeks with my husband and families back in the States, I jumped right back into my courses and English teaching and I have had very little time to devote to sightseeing and exploring the Motherland. My mind and time have been occupied by Energy Security, my Russian courses and Post-Soviet Political and Economic Development, not to mention trying to develop my dissertation thesis (the beast that it will be!)….. and of course, I love to spend time with my stellar friends here in Petersburg! However, this past Saturday, my husband arrived in Piter for a visit and we celebrated with Caucasian food and time with friends, a walk in the park and a visit today to the Kirov Apartment museum (which was really interesting)….. tomorrow we plan to hop on a train and visit a small village outside of the city that I first spotted back in the summer months. Everything is changing color here, although yellow seems to be the dominating mood and I feel like I am part of a Van Gogh painting every time I run or walk through the park. In honor of Autumn and the changing of seasons, here are some photos I took this past weekend which capture a bit of the fall foliage and morning light (outside my window). I hope you enjoy and perhaps, this will bring an end to the “occupation” of my FB wall 🙂 Happy Autumn!