Michael on October 10th, 2017

We live in the city center and are very thankful we get to see such a lovely city every day. People who live in the suburbs don’t see the old city nearly as much as we do. This video is a great view of our hometown –  

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Michael on June 4th, 2016

We’ve been busy working at dacha (news about that soon), and on short notice we came into the city for Valerie’s piano recital. She’s been studying with a really great teacher and has a talent for the piano. We’re just about to move into the very busy time of the summer. I will make a […]

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Michael on February 9th, 2015

Goodness, it has been a LONG time since my last post. The time has flown by and much has happened. In early December we arrived in the USA. Olga received her US green card, and Valerie is now a US citizen (we applied for her US passport a few days ago). We’re now starting the […]

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Michael on October 5th, 2014

Here’s another video from my new toy — from a few days ago, a hyperlapse of a drive in Estonia:

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Michael on September 30th, 2014

In keeping with some other posts, here are two views of our drive through Romania. The first is through a very dramatic canyon in the Carpathian range, not so far from the border with Moldova. The second is in the foothills, approaching the Carpathians. The third video is a quick view of one part of […]

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Michael on August 24th, 2014

In case you haven’t heard, the ministry I direct, Stoneworks International, has a new partner in Montenegro. The R.A.E ministry in Montenegro serves the Roma & Ashkali/Egyptian population in Podgorica. Roma and Ashkali refugees from Kosovo live in ‘temporary’ housing that was built many years ago. The refugee camp is built on the site of an […]

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Michael on April 19th, 2014

I arrived in Russia safe and sound on Friday. My trip was uneventful and the border crossing was a breeze. The passport control officer didn’t say anything to me at all. I go to Estonia (to pick up my car) tomorrow, so hopefully the border crossing from Estonia will be as smooth. We had a […]

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Michael on November 28th, 2013

Here’s a video of our drive through Finnmark, in Northern Norway. Yura and I made the trip in September, and Yura set it to music —

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Michael on October 2nd, 2013

From time to time I post videos of places I’ve driven. While in Norway, Yura made some pretty long videos of our drive. I’ve trimmed a few down so you can see what it’s like up there. These were all made as we drove from Lakselv to Vadsø, across Finnmark. Driving Across the Tundra — […]

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Michael on August 8th, 2012

Valerie had her 5th birthday a few weeks ago, and I’m just now getting around to posting this video. One gift was a singing card from Grandmother Nancy in the States: We’ve also started a tradition. Each year we take a picture of Valerie in the same dress, one of Olga’s. It will be fun […]

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