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Here is my keychain from St. Petersburg... Russia, not Florida! I'd been wanting to go forever and it was as amazing as I had hoped. It really helped that I had at least learned to read Russian before going even though my speaking grammar leaves something to be desired.

The keychain shows the bridges going up each night although I didn't get to see that. I did get to see the one thing that I really really wanted to see in Russia though: the Church of Savior of Spilled Blood! I couldn't stop looking at it as it is lovely.

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The auction called this a horned beast lol and I guess they aren't wrong! I hope everyone else fared well during the hurricane.

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I have a soft spot for virgin mary keychains. I don't have one of her holding raptor jesus yet. Maybe some day I hope!

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I was going to write this on the new posting thing but it was too scary so here I am back at the old lol. Anyway, Josh needed some pop so we popped (ha) into a grocery store. I saw this keychain so he bought it for me. I like how it has the old watchtowers on it. This store also had kinder eggs so that was a double bonus right there.



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I got this rabbit. The European types seemed to have these all over their purses so now I have one too. Yay!

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Here is another Estonian keychain. I love moose and I love fluffy things and I loved Estonia so I really love this keychain :P

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Here I am with this keychain from Estonia. This keychain was super on sale and I think I got it for just a euro or two. It actually has an entire poncho tucked up inside there! I thought that was pretty neat.

Estonia was an unexpected high point of the trip. Talk about a hidden gem! I mean, does anyone ever actually go there on purpose? It had all sorts of towers and walls from the dark ages, old orthodox churches, and little winding streets that I love to meander through. It was nice and hilly too which always makes me think of Pittsburgh, one of my favorite places.

It was very lovely and picturesque. I rarely go to places twice but Tallinn seemed like a really nice place to go for a long weekend if it was a bit closer. Loved it!


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I got this keychain from a little market in Klaipeda, Lithuania. It is always so easy to find locational keychains in Europe. I wish we were that advanced here.

Anyway, the keychain is full of little bits of amber. I wanted to take the ferry to the beach to find my own amber bits but I took so long to choose a keychain that we just missed it and there wasn't time to wait for the next one. Oh well.



I loved this creepy statue thing. It was kind of a foggy day so that only added to the charm of this slavic ringwraith type thing. It is supposed to be a ringwraith, right?

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Here is a keychain from some fancy store in Riga, Latvia. I liked how Latvia had lots of pretty parks all over the place with plants and birds and bridges and places to sit and all that. I did not like how it was seriously freezing and I thought I would die. It was like in the 50's or something. I tried not to complain too much since I knew what I was going into going to the Northlands that time of year but that doesn't mean I was enjoying it. The scenery was nice. I love old buildings!



This is a cool looking bridge and I love the Aeroflot ad. I really wanted to go to that festively colored little church in the background but apparently it is in a rough part of town so I had to pass.

Smellow Obituary

Smellow, 3.5, of Orlando, FL passed away this afternoon ,asleep in his hammock, likely due to ongoing and varied problems with his hindquarters. Smellow was the last surviving member of his family which included his mother, Nosebelle, sisters (Pokette, Sneezy, Snooty, and Rostrum) and brothers (Honker and Muzzle).

I always thought Smellow had all of the best characteristics of his mother and none of her neurotic behavior. He was friendly without being clingy. He was always calm and confident and a wonderful companion to me and everyone lucky enough to meet him when he visited last September.

It may sound inappropriate to say but while I will miss Smellow and all of his family, I will not miss the unbelievably tense feeling I would get as I approached the rat enclosures every morning and coming home from work, wondering if anyone would still be waiting for me. Now I have no reason to be scared anymore and none of my rats do either.


“Death searched for the youngest brother as years passed, but never succeeded. It was only when the third brother reached a great age, he took off the Cloak of Invisibility.. Greeting Death as an old friend, they departed this life as equals.”-- The Tale of the Three Brothers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Resquiescat in pace.

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Here is a shiny goat that I got for a few cents! It has a really cute facial expression. And it is sparkly!

Soon, I will continue posting keychains from my last trip, I promise. Everyone keeps asking where I am going next but I've committed to staying home for Smellow. He really needs so much care these days but I don't mind because he is just so adorable <3