Monday the 19th of November 2018.

They can’t take that away from me. George and Ira Gershwin.

The way you wear your hat,
The way you sip your tea,
The memory of all that,
No, no they can’t take that away from me!

The way your smile just beams,
The way you sing off key,
The way you haunt my dreams,
No, no they can’t take that away from me!

“No, no they can’t take that away from me.”

Today begins .. My fourth week here in Irkutsk, Russian Siberia.

And what about the memories of the past three weeks that I’ve enjoyed here?

“No, no they can’t take that away from me!”

We may never never meet again, on that bumpy road to love,
Still I’ll always, always keep the memory of,

The way you hold your knife,
The way we danced until three,
The way you changed my life,
No, no they can’t take that away from me,
No, they can’t take that away from me.

Ira Gershwin / George Gershwin .. Year 1937 .. They don’t write songs like this any more.

There is absolutely no way that I can find the words to write that will fully convey to you who are following along here what the past three weeks here in (can you believe it?) Russian Siberia have meant to me.

Today’s Rhetorical Question : Why don’t we have the dense, coarse grained, hearty breads like they have here?

Could it be that we DO and that I just haven’t discovered it on the shelves of my stores in Anchorage?

By The Way (BTW), in the below photo, at the very bottom is the ‘list price’ for the loaf of bread. 400 Russian Rubles. Do you all see it?

I actually paid 37 Russian Rubles or U.S. $0.55 for the loaf you see photographed above.

How Sweet It Is .. A catchphrase used by Jackie Gleason back in the 1950s.

I get to experience what I am experiencing ..


I get to share it with you all!

“Thank You Oh God Of Abraham For The Blessings I’m Enjoying.”


Just in case some of you have gotten down here to the end of this Post ..

You may want to click onto the above link and see Part 3 of my series of Random Photos of Irkutsk, Siberia.


  1. Patti Boone

    You are building some great memories in Siberia, specifically around Irkutsk. That bread looks DELICIOUS! I certainly cannot ever recall seeing anything like that here. Maybe I will check Harvest Bread here in Anchorage and what they may have on hand. I doubt I will find anything comparable, but it’s worth a try just so I can tell you I looked!! Yummy … Smiling and sending hugs. Patti

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      I just went-back to the Post and added the following : The ‘list price’ (you can see it at the very bottom of the package label) for the loaf of bread is 400 Russian Rubles. I paid 261 Russian Rubles or US $3.98. Just like at home. List Price can vary from the price you are actually charged. Odd huh? They may well have dark bread at Harvest Bread but I doubt it will have the density of the bread above. Much Love. Cap

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