English is difficult too…
When working through my Russian lessons, I am reminded that English is difficult! too.
This morning I dropped off my bicycle at Ð±Ð¸Ð²Ð°Ðº Ð²ÐµÐ»Ð¾Ñ†ÐµÐ½Ñ‚Ñ€ for service. Some things weren’t too hard to explain, such as showing worn brake pads and asking for new ones. Others were harder to explain such as “preventative maintenance” of my chain even though it wasn’t worn out yet (although to think of it, I also had that conversation at Bike Mart so perhaps the problem is just me :-)). Fortunately, we got a little assistance from another customer. I’m (over)protective of my bicycle on a trip like this, so slightly nervous to leave bike until May 8th, but will see how it goes.
There are fewer cars out on a Sunday morning in St Petersburg, so good day to ride the bike to the shop. Nevertheless did see an auto/pedestrian accident on my way back so useful to be vigilant in this big city. I also noticed more beggars out today than before, not sure if I am just walking past more of them or something different about the Sunday crowds vs weekday crowds.
Today is my brother Tom’s birthday. I too am a year older today, though I get to celebrate 14 hours before Tom does.Â I had given my cell phone number to the bicycle shop.Â Hence, it was interesting to receive my first SMS message.Â On translation, understood it to be the automatic birthday wishes from the cell phone company.
Happy Birthday Mike! I’m enjoying reading about your trip.
a late happy birthday from another enjoyed reader. Good luck on the roads ahead!
Great site. I am catching up on some of my reading and mentioned to my wife your celebration of your birthday 14 hours ahead of your brother to which she responded “Your poor mother!” I then explained that this time difference was due to geography, not labor.
Mike your comment made me chuckle. I should point out that my brother and I are not twins. I was born five years before he was, but we were born on the same day.