Thursday, July 03, 2008

#304 Fifty in Saint Petersburg

I've learned a lot on the 4575.4 miles I've traveled from Charlottesville to Saint Petersburg - visiting new places, attending the daily global studies course, and talking with my traveling companions. And, as of today, I've been traveling through life for 50 years - visiting new places, learning new things, and talking with my life companions.

To help with my possibility statement for the future, I'm reading Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life. By telling about the life of Marcel Proust, de Botton offers advice for our lives on such things as how to love life today and how to take your time.

Proust and de Botton seem to agree that "an advantage of not going too fast is that the world has a chance of becoming more interesting in the process." This especially rings true when traveling by ship at 15 miles per hour. Visiting new places, learning new things, and talking with my companions all become more interesting.

I'm grateful for the 50 years, for your birthday greetings, for the innumerable opportunities, and for all the interesting things that happen when I am not going too fast!

Yours in Russian birthday musings,


  1. Happy 50th Mary! What an extraordinary celebration you are having. May your day be filled with Vodka and blini. Here's to the next 50!!!! --karen

  2. Happy, happy birthday Mary! What a great way to begin your fifties!

  3. Happy 50th!! We all wish we were there to celebrate with you. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.


  4. Theresa & Paul in OKJuly 3, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Happy birthday Mary!

  5. Happy Birthday Month! It's only fitting that you celebrate a new year by doing what you do best. Living & Traveling!!
    And, here's to Fifty-One in Germany! (Or, fifty & 1/2-ish!) :>)
    Happy Birthday, Sis!
    the other K&M