rm_kelli4u2dew 42F
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3/15/2006 11:06 pm

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Before I got a promotion, raise, and transfer, I had put in for a vacation. I’ll be flying out on Friday night, won’t be back for two weeks.

There are people in the world that have a hard time just making it from one day to the next. There are people who need help. If you are doing ok, please think about what you can do for others. If you can spare even 5 or 10 dollars a month for the Cancer Society, or your local abuse shelter, please think about becoming an angel, and helping the world become a better place. It really doesn’t matter what you think is important, each of us has different life experiences and feelings. (Just please don’t give to the RNC, they really don’t need it.)

Me? I send a check every month to an orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia. There are over 1 million orphans in Russia and more in the other countries that once formed the Soviet Union. The average life expectancy for men in Russia is 56 ‒ alcohol, tobacco, and industrial accidents are the main reasons. Alcoholism is huge, and is a major reason for orphans.

And that is where I’m going on vacation! I’m going to see my kids. Not really mine, and they don’t really know who I am, but the lady who runs the place has become a friend of mine.

Friday night I’m flying to Louisville, where I’ll meet up with W, and Saturday morning we fly to St. Pete. We have a flat on Nevsky Prospekt for a week, then take the train to Moscow, where we have a flat on Tverskaya for another week, then back home.

Renting a flat (apartment) is far cheaper than hotels. Plus you get a kitchen where you can fix your own meals.

Russia is a real trip. St. Pete is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you’re an American, and have never been out of the country, you can’t imagine. The city was built as an imperial capital in the early 1700s by Peter the Great. Ol’ Pete didn’t have the bucks to drain the swamp and build a city, so he offered the Russian nobles free land in his new city under the condition that they would build a palace on the land. As a result, downtown St. Pete is palace after palace after palace. After awhile, you develop bruises on your chin from walking around with your mouth hanging open.

During the Russian Revolution, and the Soviet regime afterward, the palaces were converted to state offices, apartments, shops, etc. Inside they may look very different than they did 100 years ago, but outside, the city is fabulous.

I’ll be taking my laptop, but probably won’t be able to access the internet much. Last time I was there it cost 30 rubles to use the internet for ½ an hour in a café (a little over a dollar). I’ll try to send some posts while I’m gone.

JustExploring96 49M

3/16/2006 3:09 am

Have a great trip.

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
3/16/2006 3:09 am

Have a safe trip! Come back and tell us all about it! Hug those sweet kids!

caressmewell 55F

3/16/2006 5:11 am

Pictures..we want picture

Have a wonderful trip!

whats4dessert2 50M

3/16/2006 5:29 am


Have a wonderful and safe trip.

sillyperv 56M

3/16/2006 7:23 am

Wow! Enjoy!

MyRealLoverOne 47M

3/16/2006 8:23 am

I have been to many cities around the world, but St. Pete has a beauty all its own. What a wonderful post! I sponsor an orphanage in Peru, and the children there simply bless my heart. I pray you have a wonderful trip, and I know you will be making a huge difference in the lives of those children.


fantasylover_05 63M

3/16/2006 8:34 am

Have a WONDERFUL trip Kelli!!

I have long wanted to visit Russia...

You are a real Sweetheart!

rm_kelli4u2dew 42F
5220 posts
3/16/2006 8:45 am

Myreallover - where in Peru? Kudos to you!

MyRealLoverOne 47M

3/16/2006 1:43 pm

Lima, Peru...I started helping many years ago when things were much worse for the children there with the Shining Path monsters that killed so many of the parents and left these poor children homeless. We have since built a better home environment and a school for them. I was down there about 2 years ago helping with a building project and fell in love with all those little souls. I wept when it was time to leave.

It is so nice to see a woman who is as beautiful on the inside as the outside. I wish you well on your trip my friend, and I am eager to hear about your experience there.


im_curious_4u 51M

3/16/2006 3:09 pm

Have a great trip Kelli. Like Caressme said take lots of pictures.

rm_kelli4u2dew 42F
5220 posts
3/16/2006 5:36 pm

myreallover -

Caress caressmewell- I'll take pics, and I can send them to you and others that I have an email address for, but I don't know how to post them so other bloggers can see.

Something people can do is search on hermitagemuseum dot org and take the virtual tour. They have a great on line tour, and web cams on the roof that will show you the city (remember that they're 8 hours earlier than the East Coast).

I love the new toys!!!!

rm_kelli4u2dew 42F
5220 posts
3/16/2006 5:40 pm

myreallover - blush I'll bet you say things like that to all the girls ...

Caress Caressmewell - I'll take pics, and I can send them to you and others that I have an email address for, but I don't know how to post them so other bloggers can see.

Something people can do is search on hermitagemuseum dot org and take the virtual tour. They have a great on line tour, and web cams on the roof that will show you the city (remember that they're 8 hours earlier than the East Coast).

I love the new toys!!!!

Allsleeky 37F

3/16/2006 5:57 pm

Enjoy your trip Kelli. Yeah take lots of pics {{nakey pics}}

rm_kelli4u2dew 42F
5220 posts
3/16/2006 6:28 pm

Allsleeky - Weather reports say it's going to be around freezing for the highs the whole time I'm there, and snowing mostly. I ain't takin off my damn clothes in that weather for you or anyone else! LOL!

MillsShipsGayly 53M

3/16/2006 8:49 pm

AWESOME .. have fun. Russia is a place I'd like to visit some day! kewel

StoliBear 52M
3 posts
3/16/2006 11:56 pm

Hey Kelli

I also travel the world; leaving Monday for Libya.
Helping disadvantaged people in foreign countries is a very complicated act of altruism. Unfortunately, well intentioned gestures of generosity usually tend to have adverse repercussions for those we seek to help. It's like giving a bum a $100 bill. The intention is to help the suffering person. The probable use of that $100 bill will be .....?? You appear to be an intelligent person with a big heart who endeavors to help those who are less fortunate. Truly, a Nobel quality. Hey, this 101 conversation. It's getting late and I'm short on time. This is how I help. It's relatively easy and very effective. You can bring two suitcases with you on the plane (50 pounds) each. One is for your needs the other for those who you wish to help. Fifty pounds of a commodity is worth more than we realized. The trick is knowing which commodity to bring. Apparently, 50 lbs of Levis goes a long way in Russian. I'm sure you get the idea. Just trying to help. Good luck/skill in your choice of commodity. Best wishes to those children you hope to help. Travel safe.
PS: That 50 lbs works in the opposite direction also
What's the big deal with the spelling thing??????????

rm_kelli4u2dew 42F
5220 posts
3/17/2006 6:47 am

stolibear - One of the men that helps orphans in St. Pete is a brit who takes donations of computer equipment and refurbishes it and takes it to Russia. There are other things that they need, but the days when someone could take blue jeans there and make a fortune are long gone. You can buy anything you want in Russia now days, but money is scarce. $25 a week will feed and clothe a child and provide a warm place to sleep. The state has shamefully neglected its responsibility to these children, so private individuals have to step forward. There are gangs of children living in sewers and subway stations, living on begging and prostitution, as young as 4-6 years old. They are largely invisible to most people.

The girls are especially susceptible to being trafficed out of the country. China, Japan, Czech Rep., Germany, Italy, the U.S. are markets for pretty young blonde girls. Tens of thousands of them are exported every year.

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