Email From The Embassy

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Email From The Embassy
A freelance writer travels the world with her diplomat husband and four kids. Currently in Amman, Jordan.
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  • The Coolest House in Moscow 6 days ago Today's family death march took us to the Gorky House Museum, just a 20-minute walk from the Embassy.The house was built for the Ryabushinsky family back in 1900. They fled the country after the Russian revolution; in 1931, the house was given to Maksim Gorky by Stalin himself. Gorky, for those of...
  • Varvarka Street 1 week ago I hereby proclaim that there is no way to see all of Moscow in a 2-year tour. This is our second tour with State, and we were both here (separately) in our pre-State lives. Yet somehow, neither of us had ever been to Varvarka Street before Monday.Named for St. Barbara, Varvarka Street is said to be...
  • Where Tolstoi Lived 2 weeks ago We took advantage of a short break in single-digit temperatures to visit the Tolstoi House Museum here in Moscow, not far from home. Tolstoi, whom you likely know from such novels as Anna Karenina and War and Peace, lived here with his family in the late 1800s (1882-1901, according to the sign...
  • Red Square at Christmas Time 3 weeks ago We took the kids to Red Square today, to check out the Christmas market there.Here's a random church shot for you - everywhere you turn in this place, you run into another church. This one was just outside the metro station. Ainsley approved of the color.Here's a side street on the way to the...
  • Ice Skating and Other Vacation Adventures 4 weeks ago A small ice skating rink was built on the compound a few days back.Conveniently, we just bought ice skates for our three youngest children, because they are a required part of the school uniform. I'll pause for a minute while you let that sink in.Ice skating lessons will begin at school if ever...

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