Adding Some Beauty To My Blog

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This is my wife’s son’s wife, Natasha. Isn’t she gorgeous? She’s Russian, lives in St. Petersburg, and aced all of her graduating university grades with 100% across the board.

Her husband, Denis, my wife’s son, was named after Dennis Hull. They wanted to name him after Bobby Hull but the way it sounded with a Russian accent, it came out too close to Booby. So they went with Dennis instead.

The little girl is my wife’s granddaughter Anastastia. She’s sort of my granddaughter too! She’s four and a half and likes to draw pictures and dance.

5 thoughts on “Adding Some Beauty To My Blog”

  1. Hi James. My wife’s Russian. We met in 1991 in Leningrad while we were still married to others, and we were just friends. This was right at the time the old Soviet system was falling apart and people in the streets were tearing down statues of Lenin and such. It was a very historic time. Later on, after both marriages fell apart, her and I got together, but it took many, many years. In 2001, we got married in St. Petersburg and she immigrated shortly after.

  2. Wow that’s a great story! And lucky you are to have witnessed this very important part of history… I find Russia fascinating and I’m sure it was very different then from what it is now (though I’ve never been there so I wouldn’t really know how it is now…)
    Anyhow, nice of you to answer me on that and yes, your wife’s son’s wife is gorgeous!

  3. Hi again, James. You wouldn’t believe the differences between 1991 and now in Russia. In 1991, in Leningrad, it was what one would imagine from Russia then, with soldiers in the streets and incredibly cheap prices, and at that time, foreigners were a novelty because many Russians had never really seen or met any except from the tour busses that would zip by.
    Now, there’s malls and fancy movie theatres with surroundsound and big expensive cars and prices that rival North American prices. In 1991, a pint of beer was about 10 cents. Now it’s four or five bucks. Back then, the train ride from Helsinki to Leningrad was $200 but from Leningrad to Helsinki, paying with Russian money, was about 20 bucks. Eight of us went to a restaurant then and had either beef or chicken, dessert, and a couple of big bottles of Pepsi, and the entire bill came to $7. Now, restaurants are the same or even much more than here.
    I’ve been there seven times, and have seen an amazing transformation. But change or not, many Russians long for the old days.

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