My dad found these adorable cats at work and has been feeding them. I named them Masha and Sasha (they’re both females). Aren’t they adorable?
I took two photos today on my university’s campus. The first is of an airplane pulling a Geico sign. It amused me.
The next thing I saw was several hours later. I was walking to meet my friend B. at the cafe and I suddenly saw four men walking in front of me. Three of them were wearing identical pinstriped suits, which struck me as funny, so of course I had to take a photo.
I hope everyone has had a good week. Mine has been pretty good – classes are wrapping up and the weather is actually behaving (i.e. no rain, thank goodness).
(Of course, it will probably rain now since I’ve written that…)
Random note: I am thinking of switching to a new WordPress theme. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments!
I found both of these photo essays via the Daily Mail (yeah, I know it’s a bit of a rag, but so what). The first is here and is basically a bunch of photos of ice frozen on a river in Russia, taken up close. It may not sound like much, but the photos are gorgeous.
I so desperately miss this city right now. Anyone want to buy me a lavish Christmas present, i.e. a plane ticket to Heathrow?
The story behind the photo: in February of this year, I went to see Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov speak at the London School of Economics. His speech was in the morning and was over by 11 or 12, so I spent the rest of the day wandering the city by myself, which is how I discovered that darling antique shop in west London. My friend R. loves reindeer, so of course I had to take a photo.
Or, Dima Looks Good in a TuxThe Bolshoi Theatre is finally open for the first time in six years. This is reason one thousand or so why I need to go back to Russia very, very soon. The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article:
After six years of a painstaking $700-million-plus restoration that was plagued by financial scandals, the historic Russian State Academic Bolshoi Theatre reopened Friday with a gala concert attended by politicians and celebrities from all over the world.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev opened the gala, which was broadcast live on a screen outside the theater, on Russian television, the Internet and in movie theaters in 36 countries. Top Russian and foreign opera and ballet stars, including Violeta Urmana, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Natalie Dessay, performed in the two-hour long concert. The exterior of the theater was elaborately illuminated in different designs.
In his opening speech, Medvedev called the Bolshoi “one of our greatest national brands.”
Speaking about the restoration of the Bolshoi, which has burned down and suffered bombing throughout its 235-year history, Medvedev said the country “has always found the money to keep the Bolshoi in such a proper condition.”
Looking at the official website, I see that Credit Suisse is an official sponsor of the Bolshoi. Who knew?
And seriously, doesn’t Medvedev look adorable in that photo up above? I don’t know why his wife looks so unhappy – I’d kill to attend a performance at the Bolshoi!
Who knew that searching for jobs could be so tiring, my dear readers? I feel like all I’ve done for the past two days is read the websites of the companies I’ll be applying to this fall. And I haven’t even done the really hard stuff yet, namely my resume and cover letter.
In addition to all this job searching, I have been working on my thesis that I have to write for school. All my source materials are in Russian, so I have to go through lots and lots of (sometimes) dense Russian writing.
Just so this post does not solely turn out to be an angst-filled complaint, let me conclude by showing you a photo of my breakfast this morning: pancakes with Nutella.
There once was a green bird named Penny. She lived happily with a blue and white bird named Henry.
In April 2011, tragedy struck. The little green bird became terminally ill and died before the month was over, a few days before her fifth birthday.
It’s been three months since we lost Penny and sometimes, I still cannot believe she is gone. Вечная память.
I have tried three separate times now to write a book review of a novel I read yesterday, but I cannot seem to do it. Every time I sit down, I just end up staring at the blank screen. So instead I have a photo of my new owl charms that arrived in the post yesterday.
Aren’t they adorable? The company that makes them does not sell to the United States, so we had to order them from the UK.
I follow a Tumblr called All things Europe that has thousands of beautiful pictures from various European countries. All the photos are lovely, of course, but sometimes certain ones strike me, like this one from Naantali, Finland.
Zsuzsi, I know you’re Finnish – have you ever seen anything like this? I’ve never been to Finland, but you live in a beautiful country!
Like finding out who the singer in this video is.
Back in the day, I waxed poetic about how I think the Ukrainian national anthem is lovely, especially the rendition in the video above. Unfortunately, the video does not say who the singer is. Due to luck (and my mad research skills), I was able to find out that the talented singer is Oleksandr Ponomarov (Олександр Пономарьов in Ukrainian). He’s very famous in Ukraine, and rightfully so, with a voice like that.