If the grocery store cashier gives you candy, the houses are decorated, crowds of shoppers are attacking the stores (at least before the pandemic), the Manager is humming a Christmas songs, a colleague is ordering Hallmark movies about Christmas, parents are checking out Christmas books and movies for kids, a colleague is signing up a family for covid-19 test for a family gathering (nowadays), all this means the christmas is around the corner.
What am I doing? I’m looking forward to the New Year.
Firstly, because Orthodox Christmas falls on January 7.
Usually when someone finds out that I’m from Russia, they assume I’m from Moscow.
Foreigners have generally heard of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, two largest cities in Russia, the country’s capital and cultural capital.
I’m from Tomsk, but I love Saint Petersburg as much as my hometown. I think it was my father’s fault. He liked to quote Pushkin’s poem ” The Bronze Horseman”: “I love you, Peter’s Creation.”.. These words were about the city of St. Petersburg, created by Peter the Great. But my father’s name was also Peter, and I was his creation…. it was a pun, but that’s probably why I fell in love with the city.
Everything in our life happens for the first time. On Sunday morning, Daniel experienced an earthquake for the first time.
It was something.. We were sitting on the couch, petting the dog. Our dog, Crackle, doesn’t know or forgets that he is a dog, and often demands to be petted like a cat. Here we are sitting on the couch, the Crackle’s front legs are also on the couch. He makes funny sounds, probably meaning non-stop petting.
And suddenly the house began to shake, the walls, the floor, the sofa with us on it. Somewhere something rattled. It only lasted a few seconds, but seemed as forever. We froze in shock, and so did our brains.