30 October 2006

behind the times

It's snowing! On Saturday it was raining and sleeting but just wasn't quite cold enough to snow. Now, outside my window, there is a real, proper snow.

That seems to mark the official end of autumn and the start of winter. Growing up in Colorado we always had snow from Halloween to Easter--you had to have a warm costume and a warm Easter dress. So, the snow seems to have come at just the right time.

Of course, I never got around to showing you St. P in it's autumn glory. We have a very short autumn here. Still, I love to see the trees turning colours. This is The Summer Garden as seen from the Field of Mars. While it's lovely and shady and restful in the summer, I think it's more beautiful in the autumn.

There's also a shot of a wedding party and some military students gathered near the eternal flame. (This is also where the homeless--but Russia doesn't have homeless people--gather; especially in winter.)If you've been to Russia, you've no doubt seen the bridal parties making the rounds of famous landmarks to have their photos taken. Friends here say it's exhausting and takes all day.

Lastly, here is a little boy out learning to ride his bike in the Field of Mars.

On an unrealted note, I got pulled over today for making an illegal left turn. (How was I supposed to know? Granted, most left turns are illegal...) Getting stopped was surprising because the red plates generally keep me safe. When the policeman came to my window, I pretended not to speak any Russian (not difficult) and Kat later laughed at how STRONG my American accent got when I said, "I'm sorry, I don't speak Russian." After handing over lots of papers I found my "magic card". Our art teacher, who is Belgian, covets this card tremendously. It's a little laminated card that says, in Russian on one side and English on the other, that the US and Russia have a reciprocal agreement for diplomats to not pay any fines on the spot (read: bribes). Instead, all violations should be written up, etc. etc. The policeman was not very happy. And, after pulling a face and saying, "Da" he left. It's nice to know the magic card works!

9 comments:

Lauri said...

great pics

Betsy said...

What a beautiful park! And that card sure sounds handy. I can't believe it's snowing already! We're still waiting for the leaves to reach their peak color.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha!! Cincinnati's got you beat-- we had flurries two days in a row last week! Of course, nothing stuck, and today it was 72, but we've had our first "snow"...

votemom said...

what a cool card! you'd better never lose it. thanks for the photos.

Deb said...

I need that magic card. Dave just got pulled over last week. :o(

Holly said...

Hi Kate! That card sounds handy. Snow already?

Calico Sky said...

how beautiful!!!

Suz said...

Wow, I need to get my husband a "magic card!" Of course not for paying "fines" on the spot - but just because his foot is very heavy and he often has a meet and greet with the friendly neighborhood traffic cop!

Anonymous said...

I just got finished reading through your very interesting blog. O.K. I didn't read every single post, but I got that you are living in Russia-St.Petersburg teaching- drama? The costumes and set in one of your posts look amazing! You are adopting from Russia also, and it seems to be surprisingly difficult. I would think it would be easier. Where exactly are you in the process?