This morning we had opportunity to meet with Roslyn and Kelvin and some members of their team who are working with SIL here in St. Petersburg. It was good to be part of the group praying for colleagues and their particular needs and praising for God’s provision in so many ways.
We had time afterwards to share over a cup of coffee. Roslyn was then involved in a meeting and we went to lunch with Kelvin at a nearby Restaurant which served meals very much according to local tradition – it is also a bakery with pies made the Russian way, and what a variety. We had a set price deal which was fish soup with bread, a macaroni dish and small bowl of coleslaw type salad and a drink. The price for this was 170 RUR ($5.76). Later in the day MM and I had a cappuccino and paid 230 RUR ($7.79). To us, pricing seems to be totally unrelated.
In all, it was a great morning of sharing.
Our trip into the city today was on the Metro to Mayakovskaya station. The stations are very beautiful buildings and are kept spotlessly clean. There are different lines, all colour coded and, of course, very busy.
The Office is in Pushkin Street and further along the street is a garden with seats where people enjoy sitting in the sunshine in Summer. In the centre is a Pushkin Monument.
Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) was a great Russian Poet – “the sun of Russian poetry”. He died after a mortal wound at a duel.
Walking on Nevsky Prospekt once again I am amazed at the magnificent buildings. The facades are all protected and have been restored. What is behind the facade can be demolished and rebuilt but the frontage must remain.
St. Petersburg is often referred to as The Venice of the North. The city is in the delta of the Neva. It occupies about 100 Islands divided by rivers and canals stretching for 300 Kms. And has about 400 bridges.
After meeting MM we finished our day with a little shopping and posting of mail.