Tag Archives: Soviet Union

Bookish Themes …Floral Friday

This week, I utilized three unique vases and paired them with books that reflect perceived themes of the vases. Then, I let the mind loose to come up with floral interpretations of those elements. The chunky bud vase with the … Continue reading

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Happy Old New Year

Aleksei says he is eager for Old New Year.  My new Russian friend has asked for a few days off at work so he can be in Moscow to visit his sister’s family for the traditional holiday observance that will … Continue reading

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Itsenäisyyspäivä

On Wednesday my friend, Anders, called me to enjoy a friendly chat and to give me an idea for a bluejayblog post. He thought about my interest in holidays as he was decorating his home with blue and white colors for Independence Day.  … Continue reading

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A Sputnik State Of Mind

57 years ago from today, October 4, 1957 at 10:28:34 PM Moscow Time, a specially modified Soviet R-7 rocket loaded with the PS-1 object left the launching pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the small payload was completing its first orbit around the … Continue reading

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The USSR Is Formed

I’m not quite sure why some of us are drawn like moths to flames when it comes to our attraction to dangerous ideas and places.  If I were to travel to Russia as a tourist today, I would likely either … Continue reading

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Soviet Whiskey On The Rocks

The other day, I was chatting with my Swedish friend, Anders, about Cold War history.  He brought up a forgotten incident that happened in the neutral nation’s waters.  Anders remembered that in late October, 1981 that a Soviet submarine became … Continue reading

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Ivan Ivanovich In Space

I was puzzled slightly as to why the Soviet Union used the name “Ivan Ivanovich” given to the mannequin they placed into orbit in the Vostok Spacecraft missions.  One of my friends claimed that Ivan Ivanovich, used in a Russian context, is … Continue reading

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