I pass this statue each day on my way to the university, which depicts Felix Dzerzhinsky, head of the Soviet secret police after the revolution, I believe. The ice on the sidewalk was melting, and rivers of melted snow were making their way down to the valley. I am hoping that this is a sign of an early spring.
Ann and Jake are flying back to the states the day after tomorrow. I am not excited about that. They will probably be there a couple of months, as you can only enter Russia once with our visas, and getting another one is not a quick process.