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We docked for good at St. Petersburg, and had a busy Hermitage-focused first day, which consisted of visiting the Hermitage museum, its impressionist wing, and its storage and restoration center,...


We docked early at Mandrogy, which is what our tour director describes as “Disneyland of Russia”. It was like a Russian village themed amusement park, complete with a visitor’s center and a carto...


July 11, 2017

Day 9: Kizhi in Russia Travel Log

Today we crossed lake Onega to visit Kizhi. The lake was very calm and made for smooth sailing. We also had a visit to the wheelhouse in the morning. It was amusing, the controls look like they a...


Today we docked at Kuzino, got bussed to Berillov, and then got bussed to Goritzky to re-join the ship. This all happened in the morning, within 3 hours. There is nothing at the port of Kuzino,...


We spent the morning in Yaroslavl. That is supposed to be an industrial town but we weren’t taken anywhere near industrial buildings. Instead we went to the old part of the town, where there are ...


July 08, 2017

Day 6: Uglich in Russia Travel Log

Today we made a port call to Uglich. The ship didn’t dock till 2pm, so in the morning we had lectures (about Romanov dynasty and Russian language lesson). The time passed by. Viking is good about...


July 07, 2017

Day 5: Moscow in Russia Travel Log

This was the first day we had an early start, because we had to squeeze in a morning excursion before leaving Moscow in the afternoon to get to Uglich in afternoon the next day. We left around 9:...


July 06, 2017

Day 4: Moscow in Russia Travel Log

Today we had a long day, visited the Cosmonaut museum in the afternoon, and a night tour of Moscow. But the morning was again idle. We got a late start, with me getting breakfast at Panorama bar...


July 05, 2017

Day 3: Moscow in Russia Travel Log

The first full day in Moscow was spent on the boat at first. La Professeure had a late start (she still had jet lag), so I got breakfast and checked out various public areas of the ship. Then she...


July 04, 2017

Day 2: Moscow in Russia Travel Log

My in laws had to pass through the ‘thorough’ custom check because of medications they were taking, but ended up getting routed through the normal custom that we went through - which was actually...


We left for Moscow on a direct flight, from 7pm to 11:30am: 9 1/2 hours flight + 7 hour time difference. La Professeure did the airport transportation arrangement and it was very smooth… We left ...


That’s the reason I have for not writing. Middle Management I’ve been a tech-lead for 2+ months now and I cannot say I have enjoyed it. As an engineer I have a short set of objectives to build ...


January 04, 2016

End-of-Year Survey, 2015 in Trichotomy

What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? ~ Use a snow blower. Play solo at Zankel Hall. Put down a pet. Get a promotion. Visit New Hip Company’s headquarters. Perform at a cemetery. ...


December 30, 2015

Catch up in Trichotomy

A lot of small things happened since I last wrote, but I haven’t been motivated to log onto prosebox. So the is almost 2 months’ worth of entries: The Lead With my promotion I’ve been assigned ...


November 11, 2015

California Dreaming in Trichotomy

I am in California now, at New Hip Company’s headquarters, pretending to work. As soon as I returned from France, my manager gave me the news that my promotion was approved as a ‘strong promote’...


October 28, 2015

Goodbye Henrietta in Trichotomy

Today was appropriately gloomy. Cold, damp, and drizzling all day. Henrietta declined even further the last few days; I wished we could have brought her to the vet last weekend. But as it stood, ...


October 23, 2015

A Life Well-Lived in Trichotomy

Since we came back from France, we noticed that our pet rat Henrietta had lost some weight. I’d thought that’s because she is leading a healthier life style now, so didn’t think much of it. And L...


Today would be the departure day of our trip. We woke up at 3:30am to get our luggage ready for a 4:30am pickup. After which we spent time in the ship’s lounge area to wait for a taxi that would ...


According to our travel brochure, we were supposed to dock at Conflan today, but for whatever reason, we were docked at Le Pecq again. In the morning I went to a tour of Conflan, thinking I would...


We docked at Les Andelys in the morning, to visit Chateau Gaillard’s ruins. It was a long walk up a steep hill, and there were many elderly guests, so our guide (who happened to be our program di...


Today we had a full-day excursion to the Normandy beaches. I’d expected it to be physically exhausting, but it was actually an easier day than previous ones, because we mostly just sit in a bus a...


Today we spent the day in the Medieval city of Rouen. We had a late day - the day started at 10, when we took a walking tour through the Medieval part of the city. It was a long walking tour, tho...


We were supposed to spend a whole day in Vernon, but the lock masters of France decided that they were going to have a strike the next day, so we needed to hurry down to the next port Rouen befor...


Today was a whole day in Paris day with the cruise proper. We didn’t sleep well (probably still adjusting to sleeping on the boat?) and we woke up at 7:30. La Professeure slept in, but I got brea...


This was the day we board our ship, and the bus would pick us up at 12:30 to go to the port. However, since we hadn’t packed and did not sleep well the previous night (and the fact I watched Matc...


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