It has been an extra busy week. Yesterday was Saturday and we had some time mid-morning and early afternoon, so decided to become more familiar with Saratov. This is at Lenin Square. Freedom is important to every country and Russia is proud of their military. This statue showing one soldier helping another, and the eternal flame in tribute to those who fought in WWI.
The statue of Lenin looks over the Saturday "farmer's market" where many come and set up their stands to sell - this time lots of honey and different kinds of meat - beef, chicken, turkey and fish. They also have cabbage, clothing and bread. They even had a skating rink set up for the children and you can see the row of flags that are opposite the statue.
Skipping now to the Volga part of our day, which, as a note, is a brisk two-mile walk. "Here, a statue to another famous Russian stands, taking in the magnificent view. It is a 20 foot high statue of the world’s first human satellite, Yuri Gagarin, who studied at a technical institute in Saratov from 1951-55 and whose capsule came to earth not far away, on April 12, 1961, near the little town of Smelovka." Elder Yorgasen is standing by your dad, they have been here 9 months and he has probably walked every inch of Saratov. In a couple of weeks they are being moved into the office to take the place of the office couple who have already extended their limit.The Volga has started to freeze over, but there are spots where the water is still moving, it is fun to watch the changes in it, it really is beautiful in all its changes;