Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Pacific

Remember that quick beach getaway? It happened- barely 24 hours in total, yet enough rain and gloom to satisfy even the saddest Russian poet.

The rain was stop and start all weekend: blue sky, then mist. Sun, then hazy grayness. Isn't that the perfect beach weather? ;) Our clothes weren't merely apocalypse chic this time- they were Noah's Ark apocalypse chic.

This being the Pacific Northwest, plenty of other people had also decided to take advantage of such a lovely spring day. April showers and all that.

And the dogs on the beach were having a blast! My parents have an elderly golden retriever named Chili who lives for these trips to the ocean. (Кит insists on staying home, of course.)

We stayed out as long as we could, until the wind and rain picked up and everyone except for Chili was ready for four walls and a roof. 

The best part of all this? The tea afterwards :) There's no such thing as a bad time for tea!

Chili got a well-deserved nap.

The next morning was sunnier (!!!) but our routine didn't change- a walk, followed by tea... and then beach time was over. Back to city life.

How is your April going so far? 
Do you have any plans for getting out of town?


  1. Hello. have you had a chance to visit the anatov manufacturer? I love some of the Russian planes, and would like to find more local info about them.

    1. Hi Dick! Unfortunately, no- we never looked into or visited any aviation opportunities in Ukraine. Have you heard about this upcoming 'aviation tour' in Belarus? They'll have some Anatovs available:

    2. Thanks for getting back to me. I haven't heard about the aviation tour, but I will check it out.
      Do you know what the Ukrainians think about the U.S. presidential race? I would be interested in hearing what they think.
      I have a lot of questions I would like to ask you about everyday living in Ukraine. Would that be okay?

    3. Sure, I'll do my best at answering them :) But we left Ukraine in summer 2014 so I'm not totally current on things nowadays, like what people think of the upcoming election. The forums at would probably be a good place to ask about current events and opinions. Are you thinking of moving to Ukraine?

    4. Unsure about moving to Ukraine, but keeping options open.
      Do the people like Putin, I heard that they did, and a bunch of foreign agitators are the ones causing trouble.
      Are the car's diesel or gas powered? How much are property taxes?
      I'll be sure to check out the forum site you gave me.

    5. 1. Well now, that's a pretty loaded question ;) In Kharkiv, no. General public opinion turned against him.

      2. As far as I know, diesel-powered vehicles are more common in Ukraine than in the US. You've got your buses and trucks, of course, but it seemed like more cars run on diesel too.

      3. No clue! If you find out, let me know please :)

    6. Hello again,
      Did you do any banking over in the Ukraine? I'm asking, because the interest rates on savings accounts in Russia are about 8%. The bank I'm looking at is Rosbank.
      Any feed back you could give?

    7. Hi! We never really ventured into the world of banks over there. Heard lots of stories of people losing their money in them, though. Hope you have a positive experience if you decide to go that route.

  2. I love the last picture. It reminds me of vacation. :)

    1. Glad you liked it! Does that mean you're also a tea lover, Jasilyn? :)