Lucky Man

I met Irina 2 years ago through facebook and the Sokman blog and in those 2 years I have discovered that this young lady can do anything or at least everything I’ve seen so far.  In the short time we have been together I have seen her catch fish, scale, gut and clean it for […]

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Days I Don’t Miss

We are in our 5th day of a snow storm here in Minsk and there is not a snow blower sound to be heard, each viking has their true and trusted snow shovels to take on the challenge of releasing their beloved cars.  Our parking lot looks like a mogul run at a ski slope, […]

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Rug Beating

Traveling brings about so many changes in one’s life, it makes you more aware of your surroundings and the goings on within the community where you reside.  I have experienced so many new and cherished activities, yet I have also seen things that astonish me.  An example is the ritual of rug beating, when I […]

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Strange Happenings

Still trying to get a Visa to visit Russia, we have all the paperwork done to apply and to see if they will let me go for a visit the month of March, keep your fingers crossed.  Things are different here not good or bad just different from what I am use to.  We stood outside […]

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Sleigh Bells Ring

If you haven’t lost the heart of a child you will still hear the sleigh bells ring as you fall asleep into the midnight hour of you Christmas Dreams.  I have a wife that I adore watching experience the sleigh bells ring every day, for instance New Years Eve she slaved all day long making […]

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Visiting with an Old Friend

We went to another night time activity for Grandfather Frost “Ded Moroz” he brings presents to children and often delivers them in person on New Year’s Eve. Ded Moroz is accompanied by Snegurochka the granddaughter and helper during the New Years parties for children. It was an outside activity with a stage, singing Ded Moroz, dancing […]

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Old Hipsters Don’t Die Easy

The Blackhawks are on a 6 game winning streak as I write this and I am hoping that they continue their quest for another cup.  In honor of their streak I celebrated with going to the local hockey rink here in Minsk and skated with my family last night.  Vova a die hard Washington Capitals […]

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I’m in Heaven

Found the local hockey center which is used during the day by little midget players but at night is is used by the Major Junior teams like in the United States Hockey League or the North American Hockey League the grooming ground for future KHL players.  It’s only a mile from the house which is […]

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