Russia

Michael on October 20th, 2013

Well, well. Autumn is here and we put on winter tires just in time; we’ve just seen the first snow of the season. The picture above was taken a week ago at a park in St. Petersburg and many of the leaves have now fallen. It’s been a glorious Autumn. After a tremendous amount of […]

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Michael on May 2nd, 2013

I ran across a very interesting website. The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has overlaid several historical maps over Google Earth. St. Petersburg is one of the cities covered, the map being from 1753. Click HERE to see the maps.

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Michael on January 25th, 2013

I drove to Estonia from St. Petersburg yesterday. I thought people might be interested to see a little of what it is like. I enter a village at the 35 second mark.

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Michael on December 23rd, 2012

Some of you have probably seen videos of crazy driving in Russia. A lot of people here have dashcams, for various reasons. Here is perhaps the most surprising (watch from 1:25):

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Michael on December 21st, 2012

Sun Path Diagrams interest me. Here is the sun path for today (the orange line) in St. Petersburg: Notice how far south is sunrise and sunset. The sun does not get very high above the horizon. I was talking with someone yesterday about how different the weather is here compared to the southern USA, where […]

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Michael on October 29th, 2012

This was impossible just 25 years ago. Christian worship, outdoors in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia. The location: Revolution Square, named for the Communist (Atheist) revolution.

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Michael on September 6th, 2011

Here are a few videos related to my last post. Here’s the activity as we waited in line to cross the border from Russia to Latvia: Here’s part of our drive through Latvia: Driving in Poland:

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Michael on September 5th, 2011

Last week we made the drive from Russia to Montenegro. We traveled in two cars with our friends Sergei and Christina and their twin girls. Here is a photo record of the trip. (You can see a slideshow/video of a previous trip here). We started early in the morning from dacha in Russia. Sergei said […]

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Michael on July 28th, 2011

As some of you know, we’re facing some hard times over here these days (in Russia, inspections and investigations; in Belarus, upheaval and difficulty; financial shortfalls everywhere). I sent an email to our team and thought I’d share it with you — ———– Recently I’ve been contemplating Hebrews chapter 12 and want to share a […]

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Michael on October 27th, 2010

Today is a good day to post a letter I wrote exactly 10 years ago. This was written just before I moved to Russia. Little did I know I’d meet my wife in just a few months, and I certainly didn’t expect most of what has transpired in this wonderful decade. It’s been a very […]

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