please be a bit patient with me…..

Dear Blog Followers,

I have been in the post-Soviet space for almost one month now and I must apologize for only making one blog post. My time here has been very VERY busy – in one week’s time, my husband and I traveled about 60 hours on buses and trains to and from Estonia, Kiev, Chernobyl, Bryansk, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. We have visited an orphanage for handicapped and developmentally disabled children (which I will dedicate an entire post to), are in the process of buying a small property in Estonia (probably another small post), went to Chernobyl and Pripyat (again, another whole post), spent time with a dear friend/sister in Bryansk, Russia (let’s make a post!), etc. etc. etc. Please bear with me as I return home and actually have the time and energy to provide you with solid accounts of our travels (which have been amazing and exhausting!) I am leaving Russia on Monday morning and already know I will miss it dearly here….. so I leave you this one photo in the meantime and hope you will enjoy our tales to come!

Bolshoe Spacibo! (thank you very much!)

Lindsay Comer

a babushka playing a domra on the sidewalk in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

a babushka playing a domra on the sidewalk in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

back in Saint Petersburg…..

Dear Saint Petersburg,

We are united at last! I find you both overwhelming and endearing….. a chapter of my life never forgotten, but seemingly still unfinished. I drift swiftly down your streets, feeling very much at home – and yet, utterly confused by how you have changed while I’ve been away……

one of the babushkas on Vladimirskiy Prospekt.

one of the babushkas on Vladimirskiy Prospekt.

One week ago today I arrived in Saint Petersburg and have spent the past week reuniting with friends and the city which I love so much. The days and nights are a blur as the white nights approach – and there is always the opportunity to retreat to the countryside where one may find silence, solitude, nature and mosquitoes. Yes, I forgot about the mosquitoes – they are seemingly everywhere and on the prowl! Women here continue to waltz down the street in high heels with ease, bikes have taken to the streets – defying the crazy rush of Ladas, Mercedes and BMW’s – and fruit stands and babushkas selling flowers can be found in abundance. It is summer – glorious summer! – when the people can put behind the depressive winter months and be warmed by long sunny days and seemingly sleepless nights.

Without further ado, here is my first blog post upon returning to Russia – a snippet of my time here….. the calm before my husband arrives and our traveling storm begins next week! I give you a bit of Saint Petersburg in summer.

my welcome back gift to myself - tulips from one of the babushkas at Ploshchad Vosstaniya.

my welcome back gift to myself – tulips from one of the babushkas at Ploshchad Vosstaniya.

a man sketching in the Summer Garden.

a man sketching in the Summer Garden.

alley to a dvor, in city center.

alley to a dvor, in city center.

the alley cats.

the alley cats.

women "tending" the grass in the Summer Garden.

women “tending” to the grass in the Summer Garden.

an ambulance of sorts.

a medical service vehicle of sorts.

garden decorations, Summer Garden.

garden decorations, Summer Garden.

mirror art - the sad face.

mirror art – reflections of the sad face.

window inside a dvor.

window inside a dvor.

at Pavlovsk park - the palace.

at Pavlovsk park – the palace.

Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

the palace at Pavlovsk.

the palace at Pavlovsk.

Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

babushka walking through Pavlovsk Park.

babushka walking through Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

the little girl feeding the squirrel at Pavlovsk Park.

the little girl feeding the squirrel at Pavlovsk Park.

the squirrel at Pavlovsk Park.

the squirrel at Pavlovsk Park.

the woman painting at Pavlovsk Park.

the woman painting at Pavlovsk Park.

the woman painting at Pavlovsk Park.

the woman painting at Pavlovsk Park.

the little girl having her photo taken in front of a statue at Pavlovsk Park.

the little girl having her photo taken in front of a statue at Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

bicycling in Pavlovsk Park.

riding through Pavlovsk Park.

feeding the birds, Pavlovsk Park.

feeding the birds, Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

Pavlovsk Park.

the woman selling flowers on Vladimirskiy Prospekt.

the woman selling radishes and flowers on Vladimirskiy Prospekt.

window decoration, city center.

window decoration, city center.

parking propaganda sign. "Are you parked correctly?"

parking propaganda sign. “Are you parked correctly?”

the common produkti - on ulitsa Gorokhovaya.

the common produkti – on ulitsa Gorokhovaya.

scooter in a dvor off ulitsa Gorokhovaya.

scooter in a dvor off ulitsa Gorokhovaya.

on ulitsa Gorokhovaya

on ulitsa Gorokhovaya