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August 10th 2014
Published: August 10th 2014
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Living room looking into the kitchen. Dining table is behind the couch.
We are celebrating a week in our new apartment. It is located right across the street from our school. The apartment is nearly 2000 square feet with quaint sloping ceilings on three sides. We are on the top (third) floor up a flight of stairs. Because we are on the top floor we enter through a hobbit door about 5 and 3/4 feet tall (watch your head - George, not Kevin). There are three dormer windows and three skylights. It feels very spacious. There are three bedrooms - one for visitors (all are welcome) and one for an office. The apartment building is small (only six apartments), so we have views out three sides. Most views are of the city skyline. The city is really growing, with many modern buildings, mainly with investment by Russians. I can see more than 15 construction cranes out of our windows. But nearer our place many village homes still exist. It is a quiet, old-world neighborhood. I will do a future post on some of the old village houses. The colors and wooden window trim decorations are amazing.


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Kitchen

Small, but functional kitchen. New fridge (the old one kept us up all night!). A splash of lime green color on the upper cabinets.
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Master Bedroom

We repositioned the bed so we wouldn't bump our heads on the sloping ceiling getting out of bed. Yes, the sun wakes us up in the morning.
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Neighborhood

George's favorite spot to look out the kitchen window. Neighborhood houses with city skyline in the distance.


10th August 2014

Hello from Steveston, B.C.
Just read in the spot where I am to make my comment that all are "moderated and links are stripped". Hmm? So glad to hear that you are enjoying your new home away from home. Minsk is indeed a modern city but how lovely to look down on a house with a huge garden. Life should be comfortable and cosy in your spacious, bright flat. The photos anticipated one of my questions but now I'd like to see the bathroom, please. I found the school on the map but no street view yet. Do you have a romanized name for your street, and the lake you walked to? And, when does school term start? We have been in the midst of our own heat wave. We're enjoying swiss chard, the last of the peas, daikon, and my favourite sweet peas from Craig's garden plot. Next week we will have another feed of beets. He picked blackberries yesterday and early this morning which I will turn into juice and freeze until I'm ready to make jelly. David & Bonnie will be here for a couple of nights next weekend when we will likely re-visit Granville Island. Love to you Kevin & George, Ann & Craig
10th August 2014

Greetings!
I am very pleased that you arrived safely. I have thought of you often, hoping your new adventure brings you all that you are looking for. The pictures are magnificent and your flat is very quaint. It is bigger than my home in McCall! I will continue to watch your new life unfold. Health and happiness to all.

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