We met at
UCLA, twice. The first time we met was
in October 1966. We were both buying hamburgers at one of the student
cafes to feed a stray dog (pretty smart dog to go to a university
campus to cage food.) The second time we met was in a Russian Language
class the following January. That seems to be the short form of the
story of our lives together, pets and Russia. Go Bruins!
Our home is in Ottawa,
Canada's national capital. We enjoy life in the northern portion of the
temperate zone. Ottawa experiences one of the most extreme climates of
any national capital on earth, from hot and humid in the summer to
frigid in winter. It actually gets colder here than Moscow on average
(there goes another Russian myth). Come tour the Parliament buildings
and learn about Canada's glorious history. Visit Ottawa in January and
enjoy skating on the longest ice rink in the world, the Rideau Canal.
In June see another face of the Rideau Canal from a house-boat voyage
of discovery, or go shopping in Ottawa's historic outdoor marketplace,
the Byward Market.
primary reason for existence is to cater to
the whims of two dogs and three cats. To go to our pet section click on the link.
When we are not feeding, petting, walking, or otherwise serving our
furry masters (when they are asleep) we have time to listen to music,
read, swim, surf the net, correspond with friends abroad, and pursue
our other interests.
three years (1998 - 2001) we lived in Moscow, capital of the Russian
Federation. Moscow, a city of 12 million, celebrated its 850th birthday
in 1997, the year before we arrived. We enjoyed the opportunity to
immerse ourselves in the history and culture of this fascinating city
and country. To learn about our experiences
in Russia, click on the link.
three years (2001 - 2004) we lived in Bet Hanina, a Palestinian
suburb in East Jerusalem, in the Occupied West Bank. To learn about our
experiences in the Middle
East, click on our travel section and follow the links.
Some of our other interests are: classical and
military music, national anthems, history and geography, science
fiction, international affairs and development, business, travel,
religion, humour, and (of course) animals - domesticated and wildlife.
We also enjoy travel. To learn about some of our travel experiences other parts of the
world, click on the link.