Suddenly today, Friday the 9th of November, my life turned a little toppsy-turvey.
With absolutely no warning whatsoever, my life here in Irkutsk took a most interesting turn.
I am moving into a new apartment next Monday the 12th of November. If you care to have-a-look-see at my new ‘digs’ then click onto the below link.
The above Post on blogspot will give you more details.
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Tomorrow, Saturday the 10th of November, I have been invited to go to the Lake Baikal Resort Area and give a talk.
My hosts are treating me to a hotel room Saturday night as well as all of my meals.
I’ll return from Lake Baikal on Sunday and begin to prepare to move into my new apartment here in Irkutsk.
Smiles .. Cap
Oh Yes .. Yes indeed I could practically write-a-short-story about today but I simply do not have the time to do so.
I wrote yesterday that one of my Russian friends came over to my apartment and did a lot of translation work for me. Today I set out to find a library and to print the document he put onto my thumb drive.
Below is Mike.
You would not believe :
What a gargantuan task it was for me to find a library here. I was asking many people-on-the-street where a library was and not one knew what I wanted. One said, “Yes. We have a good book store but it is far away.” I went into and out of many shops. I went into a Police Station (or something like it .. all were wearing uniforms). They took me to the door and pointed. Then out front I asked two young ladies. One called her English speaking friend who assured me the library was close. I walked and walked. No library. Two other young ladies appeared. I called Mike. Mike talked to them. Then Mike told me one of them was going to walk with me to the library. She did. I pushed a 1,000 Russian Ruble bill at her. She would NOT NOT NOT take it and bowing and smiling walked back in the direction from whence we came.
Into the library I went.
I found the computer room.
I called Mike. He told them what I wanted to do.
I got permission to use one of their computers (of course it had a 100% Russian character keyboard and all of the icons etc et al were Russian).
I inserted my thumb drive and, with a ton of help from the librarian, I actually printed the five page document my Russian friend prepared for me yesterday.
You’d think that God Almighty was right here at my side encouraging me. Four times I ‘gave up’ on the above project. Four times I resurrected myself from the ashes of utter and abysmal defeat and kept going (zig zagging all the way) more-or-less in a forward direction.
Mike called me. “Cap. Stay there. I am coming to the library.”
I gave the phone to the librarian (by now a best-friend). She pointed .. “Sit! There! Wait!”
In came Mike.
“Cap I have a wonderful apartment to show you.”
“Mike I am NOT moving.”
With tears in his eyes he pleaded, “Cap. Won’t you even look at it, IF only for me?”
Monday is moving day.
Patti. My Dear One. Please clean this up.
I’ve got to get some sleep. I have got to stand-and-deliver in a few hours.
Love and Smiles and ..
“Thank You Oh God Of Abraham.”
“All in a day’s work Little Captain.”
- NOV 8, 18 .. MY VERY FIRST .. QUOTE – IRKUTSK MINI CRISIS – END QUOTE
- NOV 10, 18 .. MY DAY TRIP TO SLYUDYANKA (СЛЮДЯНКА) RUSSIA