Monday, October 6, 2008

It's been a few day. My grandfather died on the first. I really wish I could have been at home with my family but that is pretty much impossible at this point. It is very strange though because, while I got the news and talked to my family, I still feel very disconnected from it. I spoke to my mom again last night and she was talking about how they have not really been at home for the past week and I felt bad because while they are all visiting my grandmother and going to the wake and funeral… I was just going about my day almost like nothing happened. I of course think about it a lot, but there is so little I can do from here. While it was obviously very hard on the family I would have to say that it was probably the best way for anyone to go. He was fine during my going away party but got sick about a week after. He spent a short time in the hospital but he then made them send him home. He was in pain for a bit but it was just long enough to say goodbye to everyone and let them know that he loved them with suffering for too long. If I could live long enough to see 8 children, 24 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren (with one more on the way) I would be more than happy with my life.

I haven't really done much since then. Saturday we visit Pavlovsk which is a small town about an hour and ½ outside of Petersburg. This is where Tzar Paul (Pavel) I had his palace. I swear you could feed the continent of Africa for a year with the amount of gold that is just plastered all over these palace. While the palace was beautiful I have to say that I loved the grounds. There was a small private garden, but also a huge sprawling park. There were rivers, bridges, statues and temples. Russia in the fall is also a beautiful thing. Even coming from New England I find it amazing to see all the leaves a golden yellow color. I took over 100 pictures of the scenery here. Apparently this is where the Russians go to just get away from the city on the weekend and it was very cute seeing the families with children running through the leaves.

Four Days Until Moscow!

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