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Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Today started off later for me- I got up at 7:30- came out to the living area of our apartment and found Kelly sleeping in a chair and Matthew asleep on the floor. They have both gotten up at 5:30 when Jon called and then decided to nap out there. Kelly was so groggy that I insisted that she go back to bed. I fed Matthew breakfast then went to the computer where all my friends had responded to my pathetic plea for e-mails-and read with delight their responses. Matthew played quietly behind me with his toys- or so I thought......

Kelly got up about 10 and we spent the morning doing...???? I don't know what.

After lunch we headed over to the Kremlin

and bought tickets to the Cathedrals inside and to the Armory which is like a museum.
Since Kelly and I both taught World History- she at the high school level-me at middle school- we were enthralled with all the historical things about Russia and the fabulous display of everything from chariots to suits of armour- coronation gowns- table settings of gold silver, diamonds and rubies and the actual thrones of people like Ivan the Terrible and Catherine the Great. We had an audio tour which IN ENGLISH walked us through different displays of the museum. It was just a delight for both of us. The only down side was that Matthew wet thorough all his clothes, the snuggly and all of Kelly's clothes! WE got out of there at 3:48 and had to be back at our apartment by 4-the time at which Matthew's passport was to be delivered.On the way out we caught the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier-the goose step of the Russian soldiers is so very Russian! We really high tailed it back-which made us arrive only 5 min. late but VERY hot and sweaty! It was a really fun afternoon though.
Tonight we had another gourmet dinner-

soup, salad, bread and dipping sauce!

And now, close to bedtime-we take our 2 Tylenol PM to counteract our chocolate- then have hot chocolate and chocolate croissants! They are quite a high light of Russia that Kelly found for us at the local deli-
It is QUITE the building and they are QUITE the treat!
So...tomorrow we pack up- take another trip to Red Square and St. Basil's and get ready for our departure on Friday!


Jan said...

Marybeth, What are those little white egg-shaped thingies on your delicious looking salad plate? The pasta dish looks yummy, too! I know both of you must be getting very excited about your trip home! Jan

Lisa H said...

Hooray--you're almost home! :) One more day and you'll head home. We are looking forward to it.