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Hello Spring!

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This week something is off. I've been in a bad mood, very irritable, nothing is going right. I finally banned the first troll from my page, someone who constantly sent horrible attacks via personal messages. Perhaps I'm still not used to the Russian blogosphere and all of the strange things that sometimes come with it.

Then I went to the airport this afternoon to hop on a plane to one of my favorite cities, Chicago, and the flight was cancelled. There's a common phrase, when life hands you lemons make lemonade. Since I wasn't getting on the plane I took a spur of the moment trip to the Tidal Basin in DC to look at the Cherry Blossom events. And just as I was starting to lose faith in humanity, I met this beautiful young woman. I didn't get her name, only that she was visiting from Thailand and enjoying the very warm temperatures that have suddenly invaded DC (today temperature reached 30C). Maybe the snow is starting to melt in Russia now, but I'm certain it's still very cold. Here's a sneak peek at what's ahead for you - blooming flowers and sunshine!

1. I wrote in my kite post about the Cherry Blossoms. In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo gave DC a gift of over 3,000 trees to honor the friendship between Japan and America. Every year DC holds a Cherry Blossom festival to highlight the trees, Japanese culture and arrival of spring. This week was peak bloom and the Tidal Basin was a sea of pink and tourists.

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3. I'm constantly shocked by how many tourists are in DC at all times of year, but spring and summer bring the largest crowds. I think this couple just got engaged and were shooting celebratory photos.

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5. Fellow curly-haired chick! :)) Almost all young American women with curly hair straighten it. I'm not sure why. I think most men prefer straight hair so I assume this is the reason.

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7. If you want to be more adventurous and active you can take paddle boats out on the river and view from there. It's a lovely area with the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument visible from most locations.

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8. What horror in the midst of all this beauty! Some rodent like creatures (I think beavers?) warning everyone to not pick the blossoms.

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9. Cute kids everywhere!

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10. There are a lot of events for kids on the Blossom grounds, including this "Wall of Friendship Between Japan and America," where kids can express their artistic side.

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11. We never had fun trips like this when I was in school but it's great! Apparently the girl in the gray sweater doesn't think so.

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12. Modern day Pocahontas with cool shoes. She shaved off all her hair and decided to wear a lot less clothes. This girl, very nice and deaf. She's a student at Gallaudet University in DC, a world renowned educational institute for the deaf. I know a little bit of sign language because my cousin was married to a deaf woman at one time.

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13. I mentioned before that DC is a very green city, with lots of parks and sitting areas. It was the middle of the afternoon on a workday, but still many people sitting out on blankets and enjoying the warm weather.

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14. The DC area has many active and fit residents, including one of the largest cycling communities in the States. I share the road with them everyday on the way to work. On many routes, they have their own bike lane. However, if you ever visit DC and drive you must be alert and aware of these cyclists at all times. They will sneak up on you and your blindside in a heartbeat. And some rogue cyclists don't extend common road courtesy and create hazards for themselves. I'm sure the owner of this decorative bike is pleasant and obedient on the roads.

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15. Here's an example of young, attractive girls in the city. Maybe all the male readers will appreciate. :) Someone wrote me that they thought ALL Americans are fat. Well, we do like to eat and our portions are huge compared to other countries. But no, we're not all overweight and I've seen plenty of people carrying extra pounds in every country I've visited, including Russia.

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16. In addition to the Cherry Blossoms, there is a large flower garden in the vicinity with colorful tulips. All in full bloom now and incredibly beautiful. I've already written numerous times that I hate warm weather but there is one positive. It brings flowers, which I love.

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18. Pure sweetness!

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19. This little girl had a Dora the Explorer backpack. It's a great educational cartoon as the main character speaks Spanish and English. It's very interactive so kids are motivated to learn Spanish while watching. This is practically the official language of some areas of the States now so the knowledge is useful. I found a Russian version of Dora the Explorer, but the second language is English not Spanish. :) For those with kids, check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPNGU2DH3dw

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20. Another young Thai woman. I've been there, I think they are probably a close second to Americans in the smiles department.

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21. A few more flowers...

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That's it. Now in a better mood! Tomorrow morning I board my flight to Chicago. I've already written about this city but will try to find something new and interesting to show you. Until then, have a great weekend!

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abram
Apr. 12th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
Весна хорошо.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's good because it brings color back to the city with the flowers and trees.
new_forester
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Very nice pictures! I'm envious of how warm it is in DC. Boston is still chilly and rainy.
abram
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Обоснуй.
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voditeli_m
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Спасибо!
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
пожалуйста!
1000li
Apr. 12th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
Great post! I'm surprised that you have +30. I thought in that place is a little bit warmer than in North Europe. Something around +15-20. :)

It will be also very interesting to read more about place where you live. About everyday life. How looks like your streets and houses? What is your favorite places? What kind of people lives in your town? About transport, police, real estate and so on. May be you can describe some differences between lifestyle of americans and russians.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
It's usually not that warm this time of year. More around 15-20 Celsius. I'll write a post about my hometown soon. It was the site of a famous Civil War battle - the Battle of Bull Run. The town is called Manassas, Virginia.
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mybathroom
Apr. 12th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)
Thank you for your post!
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
moonrainbow
Apr. 12th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
I wish I could see a Japanese cherry blossom. We only have a small Japanese garden in Moscow, and when it's time it is really packed with people. And you feel that every second person is a photographer, and every other is a model. :)

It is April 12 today, the day of the first space flight and a special day in Russia. This is an inofficial celebration day for those who believe that space is our next frontier to explore and settle in. I strongly believe this statement, and I also believe that Americans will support me, since their own country was created as a frontier. Happy trails in space!



togliatt
Apr. 12th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
This is an official celebration day - 7 апреля 2011 года на специальном пленарном заседании Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН была принята резолюция, официально провозгласившая 12 апреля Международным днём полёта человека в космос.
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togliatt
Apr. 12th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
you know, Russia is very big country. For example, in Chechnya very hot now. Out there hot even when it snows... and houses can ignite spontaneously))) near the Alaska -17 what kind of weather do you want? you can choose it)

I enjoy flower beds. In my childhood, in USSR, in all cities were many flowers. there is no flowers now and it (this?) is very, very sad(((
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, why no flowers now in your city? It's not expensive for cities to plant and they bring so much life and color. What a pity.
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tasha_kudryasha
Apr. 12th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
amazingly beautiful! Thanks for your post
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed.
fareastener
Apr. 12th, 2013 05:37 am (UTC)
That's great, Shannon. Thanx.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
nguryev
Apr. 12th, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
Curly hairs are beuatiful. As a man I always prefer curly-haired women. I do not understand why they maniacally try to straighten they hair if they think that men like straight-haired women they are completely wrong. And yes, my wife is curly-haired:). No, she does not straighten her hair, she's clever enough:).
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
I don't straighten mine either. For two reasons. First, it takes a very long time to do it and second I prefer it curly. Sometimes it gets out of control in the summer time with the DC humidity. Here's the only example I can find, a crappy webcam pic. Closely resembles the electric shock look. :) I think curly hair adds more character.

janelight
Apr. 12th, 2013 07:06 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, the Russian blogosphere is full of trolls :( I'm sad saying this, but you did right.

You are so lucky being in a real spring! We still have snow here in St.Petersburg - though it is not usual for April...
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, but there are nice people as well. Like most of my readers. :)
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peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
She said she was visiting from Thailand. But you're right, she doesn't like Thai. Malaysian is a good guess.
notabler
Apr. 12th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for such a beautiful, lovely, positive post. Lovely, smiling people - the best thing in the world. Avoid Russia as a plague - they don't smile.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Well some Russians smile, but in general they are not outwardly expressive with emotions in the same way Americans are. Glad you liked the post.
nar_row
Apr. 12th, 2013 11:13 am (UTC)
> Almost all young American women with curly hair straighten it. I'm not sure why. I think most men prefer straight hair so I assume this is the reason.

If it's so, it's not very good reason, I think. :)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Of course, it's a horrible reason to straighten it. But when you're young I think approval from the opposite sex means more. They have different motivations. I've always worn my hair wild. :)
dubai100
Apr. 12th, 2013 11:20 am (UTC)
May be it is the best time and occasion to visit DC.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 12th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
I think so, before the really hot and humid weather of summer arrives.
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