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January 05, 2005

Date Night!

We left this evening to Babushka and the boys dancing to "Razom Nas Bahato" and spent an evening in the centre of Kyiv.

We walked through Schevschenko Park. The trees were outlined with white against the dark night, and we stopped to watch the old men playing chess in the snow. We went to the Opera House to buy tickets--La Boheme is showing Saturday night. I can't wait!

We strolled along Khreshatyk. The tent city has shrunk, but it's still up. People talking politics, drinking tea, warming hands around fires. I assume people are staying until Yushchenko is inaugurated. It was a glorious night to meander downtown, chilly but not frigid, reminders of the revolution and the holidays, the lights and people.

We spent Christmas money at the Globe bookstore, especially looking for books for the boys from my Dad and Mom. We got them Robin Hood, English Fairy Tales, and Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. It's a little weird, though, reading the British translation when I remember the American version. Oh, and we picked up The Bookseller of Kabul for ourselves.


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Posted by: Knox at January 6, 2005 02:37 AM

Love the picture of your boys engrossed in Richard Scarry. His books were favorites of our sons. BEST WORD BOOK EVER was taken to bed at nap time and *every page* torn out, crumpled up, and thrown onto the floor - "to make a fire," the two year old explained. (That's become a family legend; ask him sometime.) Several years ago I was delighted to find an original - not the newer abridged version - in a used bookstore.
As one with a Dutch heritage, I love your website photo. It's a perfect fit with your site name.

Posted by: FLGrandma at January 6, 2005 01:43 PM

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