Well, June went by fairly quickly, especially considering it was not a very exciting or busy month.
We did have one day off of work in June, the 12th, which is Russia Day here. Chris and I took advantage of the nice weather to walk around downtown and see the sights:
we first arrived in Vladivostok! You can see our hotel (the Arbat) in this picture:
|This fountain was, of course, not turned on when we first arrived!|
When we first arrived there were some local children dancing, and when I took this picture, someone was singing a very catchy song about Vladivostok. (Actually there are quite a few songs about Vladivostok, which is kind of fun, although it made for a longer than necessary YouTube search to find the right one to link to today!)
Another apparent Vladivostok holiday favorite? The big blue Vladivostok sign! :)
Ivan Shtyl (the blue words are congratulating him on his bronze medal at the Olympic games)
Vitali Obotin, who also happens to be hard of hearing.
Since then we have basically been busy working the time away.
Chris also went to Manila last week for some training, which hopefully he will blog about... :)
While he was gone I spent my time hanging with Pip, enjoying the flowers (the peonies have popped!)...
and enjoying watching the way all the potholes in our driveway were fixed:
Oh yes, and I was asked to make this video by friends at the Consulate... so glad I'm finally getting to put my journalism training to work! :)