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 nice visit to the park today, so I thought I’d share some of the beauty:

A Ride in Tavrichesky Park

A friend in Estonia, Artur Pold, bought Valerie a bike last week. I took it to Russia with me a few days ago. We went for a walk/ride in the park across the street from our flat in St. Petersburg:

We are so very thankful for the many good friends and great family we have in so many places — Russia, Finland, Estonia, Belarus, Montenegro, and the USA.

3 Videos

Here are three recent short videos.

First, today we went to Tavrichesky Park, the park across the street from our flat. Valerie loves to go down the slide and sled down hills. She’s pretty tough and fearless. This video was made at noon; notice how low the sun is in the sky.

Here Olga and Valerie walk through the park.

A few days ago we went shopping. Valerie enjoyed running back to mama.