Books, Conversations

Gulliver’s Travels – a book review by Jack

Me: So how did you like this book?

Jack: I read it and it was interesting and pretty good!

Me: What was your favorite part?

Jack: My favorite part was when um Gulliver saw a floating island.

Me: Yeah?

Jack: The island is used to crush towns and its weakness is (hold on let me think) … Hey don’t type in brackets…it’s a rotating gear that some scientists controlled by the King’s demands.

Me: What else?

Jack: Some scientists either fall asleep on the job or they may forget what they’re actually supposed to be doing.

Me: Was it a fun book that you would recommend?

Jack: Yes!

Me: Who would like it?

Jack: My friends and kids my age and maybe a little older than me.

Me: What was the strangest thing you read?

Jack: When Gulliver saw the floating island. That’s it.

Me: Cool! Anything you’d like to tell the kids?

Jack: It’s a good book and you’d probably be likely to like it!

Me: That’s a tongue twister!

Jack: Whoa we did a lot of writing! We can print this out, send it off and we’ll be famous!

Me: Not likely… 🙂


Russia – Day 11 – Kolomenskoye Park

Yesterday was our last full day in Russia. We visited a historical site/park called Kolomenskoye. Peter I had a log cabin that was transferred to this site. It also contained a large church and several bell towers. We were lucky enough to be at the park when they performed a very grand bell ringing ceremony. Very cool!

The park was far away from our hotel and involved at least three subway transfers. Coming from someone who gets intimidated by New York subways…hello in my OWN language…trust me when I say Do Not try this unless you have a native speaker with you. We would have gone down the first escalator, looked around, gotten crushed, and then just sat on the floor crying with our hand out for rubles. Because we would never find our way out.

After the long ride, it was good to get out and walk a bit. The park is situated next to a river, name lost to me, so we jogged down some steps to take in the view. Lots of ducks and seagulls, with factories in the distance. But still, it was nice. The weather had finally turned cold and we could smell snow. It didn’t actually snow yesterday, but it did on our way to the airport today, where I sit writing this. And looking at the frighteningly long line that I think we should be in. Sigh…