I love Iowa! It's the best place in the world.
Also, Pip is here!!
Merry Christmas (belated) and Happy New Year!!
More in 2015!
|China (and the Chinese chef who demonstrated)|
|Canada/Italy (Italian food as demonstrated by a Canadian-Italian chef)|
|Russia (the flag is made of traditional ingredients for filled blini (pancakes which are a lot like French crepes)|
|USA (why yes, that is peanut butter and jelly!)|
|Eh, whatever :)|
|We left Vlad in snow (and came back to even more snow...but Sakhalin was snow-free)|
|We stayed in the town of Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, which has a nice little ski hill almost in the center of the city|
|It also has some interesting building art|
|"City Cultural Park and Recreation named for Yuri Gagaran," famous Soviet Cosmonaut|
|Chris with a statue of Yuri in the park|
|Look! Kangaroos in Russia!!|
|A Russian version of the teacup ride|
|A giant snow-covered slide|
|Another winterized Russian teacups ride|
|Here we are pointing at the plant. The large tanks behind Chris are for LNG|
|A huge ship for transporting LNG. Notice the size of the SUVs on the road to give you some perspective on how massive that thing was|
|A Day at the Beach|
|It's not every day you see ice on the beach!|
|I ate my first-ever pickles on this trip--they were pretty ok|
|A recently-refurbished statue where local lovers tie fabric and lock love locks|
|Former home of the Japanese Imperial Governor, now a museum|
|The dacha of our friend and host. Dachas are a really interesting and Russian thing--most often they began as land given by the Soviet government to ordinary people as a way to let the people grow their own food during times of food shortages.|
|It was really cool to be able to get so close to one of the famous Onion Domes of Russia!|