Our Neighborhood


Would that I could report already some budding relationships with our neighbors. I’m afraid that is not happening yet. I have heard Russians described as like a nut that is hard on the outside and soft on the inside. Americans, by contrast, are like a peach – soft on the outside and hard on the inside. we’ve managed to have one actual conversation with our next door neighbor who owns a Georgian restaurant. You better believe we are headed there soon!

Otherwise, we are working on moving from no eye contact to hello to a hello back to a few words exchanged. Pray for us that we can build those bridges.

What I can show you so far is the look of the area around our home, which was a major factor in our deciding to move here. It looks very different from anywhere else in the city, more like a European town in some respects. And in fact, the houses here were built by German prisoners of war who were not released immediately after WW2. The first picture is of the side our our building. Our windows are the first three from the left.

The view is from a Kindergarten next door that our kids like to frequent as much as possible after the school day ends.

The next two shots are of the view from our door into the courtyard surrounded mostly by other buildings like our own. The lady across from us spends a ton of time outside tending the flowers and plants she has planted. Such care for a public area is highly unusual here. Diana wants to meet her and help her out next year. The place is much cleaner and more presentable since even we first arrived, since they just finished paving what had been a nightmare to navigate. Another neighbor took it on himself to paint himself some lines and color his curbstones in a curious way.

The next shot is the one exception to the style of buildings surrounding our courtyard, a home being built by and for two families.

That house faces the road behind us, which is much more quaint and quite than the road we are on, so we love to walk back there.

There is a nice small park across from us on the busy street, though.


On a nice day, we like to walk home from school with the boys, which takes only about 50-60 minutes and takes us through and island called “Central Park” that is very beautiful and also has a few places to play.



I took a few shots the other day when it was foggy that I liked. I sometimes walk home alone after dropping off the boys through the park and pray. It’s pretty awesome.

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2 thoughts on “Our Neighborhood

  1. Great pictures! It was soo good to see where you are living and better visualize you and the family when I pray for you. The kids miss your kids! “Central Park” is beautiful!

  2. Hey! I’ve had a great time reading your posts. I’ve also enjoyed showing Brindley her cousins and showing her on a map where y’all live. (no, we’re not from TX!!) Love seeing new pics of the kiddos!

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