‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Local Amusement Park

This afternoon we finally talked Anya into leaving the hotel. 
We headed to the amusement park down the street...

They loved goofing around with the painted scenes....

Then we stumbled upon an open air theatre. 
Future venue for Rebel Shakespeare - Near East Contingency?

Although much of the park seemed to have been abandoned to the elements for years, it made for some interesting architectural finds. I could see an Anthropologie or Free People catalog shoot here...

Anya talked (dared) Nastia to go on this ride. I begged her not to ( I know my daughter and her fears) but she wanted to prove herself brave and went on...one minute into the ride she was screaming so
loud I had to demand them to stop the ride. The ride attendant was not happy...
As you leave the park, you can catch sight of the locally famous 'Kuzbass" sign,
 up in the hills, across the river...

So there's a little taste of Siberian entertainment for you.


  1. The things kids will do when a sibling dares them are just insane. Glad you all had fun otherwise.

  2. So glad to hear that Anya got out of the hotel for a bit. You and Nastia are angels.

  3. Glad you were able to get Anya to go outside. It does sound like she has clinical depression. Exercise can help. Sunlight can help. Wish there was a way to ship y'all one of those light boxes people use for seasonal affective disorder. Has she ever been on antidepressants? Are they available there? St. John's Wort maybe?

    Another thing to consider is whether Anya gets any vitamin D. It isn't added to the milk there, and if she seldom gets outside, she may not be making enough from sun exposure. Vitamin D deficiency can also make a person feel crummy. I know that in comparison to all the other things that could be making her feel crummy, that's miniscule, but it's something you could do something about.

    I hope that you'll find an apartment ASAP to start painting & decorating. Even if it's a hole, you can fix it up. I would think the main things to consider would be safety and heat. But your time there will run out faster than you think, and you need to get moving on getting Anya into an apartment, even if it's not one you'd find acceptable - there may not be anything acceptable.

    Are there any churches there? I don't know what your religion is, really, but I know you have a deep faith, and it would be good to see if you can find some other people there who do also.

    Praying for y'all.

  4. Looks like you had a great time. I am also a FRUA member and getting ready to travel to Birobdjan. How far is that from where you are? We are adopting a 5 year old girl that we hosted this summer. Once we know our travel dates, I will let you know. We will be there for about 3 weeks and I would gladly bring you some things from the US if you need them :)


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