Sunday, November 16, 2008

Moscow, Renick, Zone Conference, plus

Cake for Sister Cranney's Birthday
This last week we traveled to Moscow for Zone Conference. The next day was Sister Cranney's birthday. Both Anne and Sister Gorina made birthday cakes for her. One was English and the other Russian. Because we haven't been able to find food coloring, Anne had to use white frosting for the message.

Souvenir Renick

Just at the entrance of the souvenir renick, off in the distance, are these beautiful buildings that we couldn't resist taking a picture of.
This is the main isle of the souvenir renick. There are three of these isles in parallel and they dead end into another one that extends quite a ways off to the left.
Matrushkas were everywhere. They are handpainted (many of them) stacking dolls which have from 3-15 in a set. We bought some at this stall.
Here is a shop at the end of the main isle with some interesting carved bears on top. There was interesting architecture everywhere. It was quite an adventurous experience for us.
This picture shows a sail boat and a windmill at the end where the artists are displaying their paintings.
Here is the prize Matrushka we bought there. The largest one stands 9" tall and the smallest is 3/8" tall. There are 15 in all. When the lady was showing it, we just kept thinking that one has to be the end, but she just kept opening another one until the last one was so small, you could hardly see it. They all have different cathedrals painted on the front, even the smallest one!

Moscow Metro
Rick is quite impressed with the Moscow Metro. This is a shot of riding down one of the long escalators descending down to the metro tracks. This shot was taken when we were about 2/3 of the way down the escalator.
There is a lot of classical architectural detail included all throughout the Metro tunnels. This is a shot of one of the ceilings.
This is a shot of one of the platforms where you wait, most of the time no more than a minute, for the next train. For the most part, all the floors and walls are marble and are kept very clean. After having been on the subways of New York and the underground of Paris, Rick finds Moscow's Metro to be a step up from both of them. Madrid's was newer and quieter, but not as archetecturally beautiful. The train cars are nothing to shout about, especially when compared to Madrid's newer, cleaner ones.

Train on the way Home

Here is our district on the train on the way home. It is a four hour train ride, but we enjoy it together. From left to right are; Elders Smith, Jenson, Terry, Sisters Gorina and Vostrykova, then Elder Keifert.

Masha's Birthday
After our institute class on Saturday, we celebrated Masha's birthday with a pineapple upside down cake that Anne made. She is actually 25, but wanted to be 21 again. We are teaching "Introduction to Family History" in institute.

We found out at Zone Conference that Masha will be entering the MTC in Provo on February 3rd, but we don't know which mission she will be going to yet. Here mission call hasn't arrived, but President Cranney could tell us her entry date so she can know when she will go in. We are expecting her call letter to arrive at the Mission Office this next week. Someone from the office will bring it up along with our 2nd passports for us to sign.

Radeon is an Elder

Radeon from Rybinsk was ordained an Elder last Sunday. He will be going on a three week mini-mission starting Friday, the 21st. We are very proud of the progress he has made. His mother just got her temple recommend to go for the first time. She has been a member since 1995 or so. She isn't sure when she will go, but we are happy she now has it.

The "Cute" Stump

On the way back from our service project at "Fund Charity" we came across this stump beside the sidewalk. Anne thought it was "cute" so we took a picture. The word "cute" was bandied about by the elders for a while. Elder Smith told Sister McClelland that when he calls to tell her about his cute fiancee, he hopes that she doesn't think about this stump.


Member of the Vernier Family said...

You are having such a fun time and we are all having such a fun time with your reports and pictures. Thank you. Celia

SuzieBel said...

Wow, I'm so amazed with the whole culture, it's fun to see what you're up to. Do you ever sleep?