Is it Harmful to Watch 8 Continuous Hours of The Cutest Puppies on TV?

It may be. But I watched…and took tiny naps too. Then I went to bed at 8:30. Hours and hours of chillin’ but still my blood pressure is high. I am bettin’ the ranch I will be on blood pressure medicine next visit to doctor….I am supposed to be keeping a log which in itself causes it to go up…that and I am a chunker and not currently exercising.

I keep thinking about what to write about the cruise. I know when friends ask, “How was the cruise?” They mean, “Answer with good or bad.” They do not want a commentary. Especially Stephanie! Also I don’t think I can capture the essence. The best serenity came when I was roused from sleep during a massage. The therapist told me to keep my eyes closed while she raised bed to a sitting position… she had raised the shade directly in front of me. OMG. It was like I was suspended over the water and could see endlessly this amazing sunset. Shazam.

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I like to think about this. You meet people and like the saying goes, “Pass like two ships in the night.” You KNOW they will never think of you again, but you also know you will remember them. That would be Alexander, or Sasha as he is known. He was a giant (6’7”) and physically looked like my perception of a Brighton Beach Mafia enforcer. He wore jeans with lots of bling on the pockets and shirts in jewel tone colors. He knew everyone wherever we went. He double-parked the black, Mercedes SUV in the very front of every major attraction and stayed parked there the entire time we were gone. If he didn’t, it didn’t matter because he was a beacon and so easy to locate. I am just not telling this right. He was influential in his own right, I think. During one of our afternoons with him and our guide, Belinda and I asked if we might get tickets for Swan Lake…. The tour service made it happen, and thank you God, Sasha was our driver. Len and James opted out of the ballet…but once again, Sasha took us to the front door and parked and there he was when it was over. We tipped him grandly and he deserved every Ruble. Actually we gave him dollars, which are much preferred. You can’t just get yourself out and about in Russia if you are American. I think that’s it. Sort of like Cuba. Anyway, I will remember Sasha.

I loved this trip. We did all kinds of tours: Hydrofoil, bus, train, car, subway, etc. Private car tours are the best. Babs’ tip.

IMG_7191.jpgI will just post favorite photos and maybe think of stories later. I think though it will be hard to capture it all. My favorite photos are of plain people… mostly when they are unaware. I especially like the exhausted tourist in the Hermitage and the bored security guard at Peterhof (Petrodvorets).IMG_6966.JPG IMG_6933.JPGIMG_7138.jpg

The cathedrals and castles throughout the Baltic Sea area were magnificent and it is just impossible to pick the best. We did visit the house where Rasputin was murdered.

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I think I may now be a pacifist. Seems like it is leadership that likes warring not the plain folk. Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and Germany all just invading one another and killing…then there is the US. We asked Iriana, one of our Russian guides, who was the most well thought of leader—her answer, “Stalin.” Hmmm.

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One Response to “Is it Harmful to Watch 8 Continuous Hours of The Cutest Puppies on TV?”

  1. Nancy Baumann Thurmond Says:

    What a fabulous trip! I’m looking forward to more renovation information:)

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