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When you think you've seen it all…

something happens to change that opinion. I am not a novice at living in the former Soviet Union. I have seen much, much more than I should probably talk about. Yet, this week I saw something that shocked me. I was walking down a sidewalk that I have been on many times since moving to […]


Never heard of this celebration? Why not? It says that it is International. Well, this celebration takes place on March 8 every year in parts of Europe and Asia. It honors women, whether married or not. Today, I was in the local shopping center and it was packed with shoppers. Many of the perfume and […]

Valentine's Love is in the Air

I walked to the local “mall” this evening just to people watch. It’s interesting to see that as each year passes, the people here adopt more of our “western” holidays. Of course they also continue to recognize their own holidays (many held over from Communism or Orthodoxy), so it is one BIG holiday here! When […]