Olympic Games Follow Up

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Dear all- if you haven’t seen this video from youtube about little girl crying out loud with Olympic Bear-it’s here.  I know we have much more serious reason to cry right now, but still…SO TOUCHING!

Here is a link to video of a girl Ksusha.

http://vesti-sochi.tv/olimpiada/23196-malenkaja-ksjusha-proshhaetsja-s-olimpijskim-mishkoj-sochi-2014

For non-Russian speakers:  The girl keeps saying : “By, my dear, by , My beloved !” Bye!!!

Her Mom try to comfort her and say:  Please, don’t cry, my kitty, THEY WILL BE BACK!

And Ksusha is answering:  I can’t stop crying!  I can’t!!!

It’s so moving… The video was taken by girl’s Mom and she posted it on youtube. For the first day on your tube this video was seen by 70 000 people.   Russian journalists found this girl and gave her Olympic Mishka (a Bear) .

…well, Ksusha wasn’t alone crying to Misha.  I also cried on closing ceremony, thinking of summer Olympics in 1980 in my childhood.  I know many others did as well.  Silly, but true … They will be back…Will they???

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The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are over.

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The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are over.  Closing ceremony, interviews, laughter and tears… I still keep nostalgic memories from my Soviet childhood of the 1980 Summer Olympic bear flying in the air accompanied by touching song, and a tear on bear face…

Today, Continue reading “The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are over.”

SNOW STORM IN ATLANTA (again)

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Atlanta is prepared for the new snow storm!  This time they made it clear that they are ready.  School is canceled since yesterday.  News covers with the info about roads, hospital and emergency teams remained on standby.  We are also prepared.  From our side it means that everyone packed with food, no one plans to drive or go anywhere, and sleds for kids are bought.  Kids are glued to windows waiting for snow to come, ignoring the huge homework packages that their thoughtful teachers sent by e-mail for kids to cover for a week of school absence.

A month before my friend and I had an idea Continue reading “SNOW STORM IN ATLANTA (again)”

TODAY !!! Winter Olympic Games has started!

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TODAY !!! Winter Olympic Games has started!  The opening ceremony is going on RIGHT NOW  live!  By the chance I was in Sochi on June 2, 2007 when International Olympic Committee announced Russia won the opportunity to host this Olympic game.  I’ll post about it later.

Yesterday, February 6, Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar won the short program.  They are the main favorites for the gold at Sochi.world champions. Please follow link, and you can even see their dance on the second picture.

http://sochi2014.rbth.ru/russian_figure_skaters_prepare_for_sochi

I know, there is so much info in the news now about hotels in Sochi not finished, or you have to wait for hot water a few minutes, etc…But when you see how our skaters  you can forget everything.  Simply amazing!!!

Picture credit RIANOVOSTI

Chinese New Year

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According to Wikipedia Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year“. The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014

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SNOW in Atlanta!!! Everyone panic!

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Yesterday, after my class, a lady from my neighborhood who is nice enough to drive me home told me decisively and little bit nervously: “Let’s go to buy some food-who knows what would happen tomorrow!”  I was surprised:  “And what will happen tomorrow?”- I asked innocently.  “Tomorrow we’ll have snow!  You haven’t heard that yet?!!!”.  “Snow,-I repeated quietly, looking through a car window on + 18 C streets. -“ Are you sure? And what?  Do you want to buy a sled? “ She says: “What do you mean-and what?  We’ll be stuck inside until the weather will warm up, nothing will work!  We have to buy FOOD!!!”

Well, I decided not to tell her that Russians live the most of the year in snow, and it is not a big deal at all.  I nodded and we went to the store.  “Look at the people!”- she told me-“such a line!” -pointing at 5 women peacefully stayed in line. “ It’s good we came so early, you can’t even imagine what will happen after 5PM.”  Again, I didn’t tell her that she can’t imagine how is a big line in the store looks like, but I nodded again.  I followed her while she packed shopping bag with food items.  And I grab a gallon of milk myself…

…That was yesterday.  Today Continue reading “SNOW in Atlanta!!! Everyone panic!”

Farewell to Loehmann’s

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How do we know that economic situation is not getting better?  When someone from friends or family is losing a job…, when you have to move to a smaller house/apartment…or when your favorite store is out of business.  (I am not talking about Barnes & Noble, though they go through a hard time as well).

Well, I recently learnt that my favorite store is going out of business.  It was a big surprise, an unpleasant one.  Did I forget to mention that I love to shop?-shocking-isn’t?  I am one of those who shops when stressed instead of eating huge amounts of chocolates.  I do not like chocolate, but I love to shop.  It is more expensive, but probably a healthier habit.

Loehmann’s is my good old friend.  Our relationships started unexpectedly and Continue reading “Farewell to Loehmann’s”

Happy Old New Year!

Good evening everyone! Today is the Russian Old New Year!) …Don’t get me wrong-I know it may sound a little bit extreme and too much for foreigners to understand, but it is true that Russians (Ukrainians, Belarusians, Serbians, etc ) celebrate Everybody’s New Year on December 31, Orthodox Christmas on January 7th, and Old Russian New year (today), not to mention Russians who live in western countries and also celebrate an additional Christmas on December 25, and those who like read horoscopes (it’s a big crowd by the way) and , naturally, celebrate Chinese New Year as well.  All of this is true. Believe me.  I am going to celebrate Old New Year as well.  And I still have a Christmas tree and lights in the house and outside))

For those who didn’t convinced, here is some trusted info from Continue reading “Happy Old New Year!”

Merry Orthodox Christmas!!!

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Today is Orthodox Christmas which is also Russian Christmas!  The biggest surprise that there is -15C (I am serious -15!!!) in Atlanta, and +1 C in Moscow.  Unbelievable, but it’s true.  Yesterday I talked to my Moscow friend over Skype, and she complained that winter didn’t come to Russia yet…And it’s hard to imagine/celebrate New Year and Christmas without snow…Of course, if you live in Africa, you probably finally manage somehow to use a palm tree instead of a Christmas tree… But if you are in Russia-snow at the New Year is a must…  Probably all snow was saved for the Olympics…Who knows…But in Atlanta, it’s opposite-today was a real snow with huge and beautiful snowflakes.  Well, Atlanta is not ready for that.  No one has really warm clothes (I personally left all appropriate outfits in Russia), or skates…or winter loving mood.  School was canceled for tomorrow because of extreme (for Atlanta) cold weather!  It was supposed to be the first school day after the break.  Probably it was a special Santa Claus (Grandfather Frost) present for Russian kids at the Russian Christmas!  Merry Christmas to y’all!