Somehow it all came together - with Sharon
in Israel, Assaf, Joelle and Mischa in France, and Michal moving
to Romania, the obvious place for the first UriFaR
[Urieli Family Reunion] vacation was to spend
10 days on the Greek island Naxos.
The kids went back, and Nili & Izzi went
on to spend 6 weeks in Russia, from St. Petersburg (visiting with
family for the first time), on to Moscow and then a 400
mile bicycle tour around the Golden Ring of Russia followed
by a Trans-Siberian train ride to participate in a Yiddish
program in Birobidzhan (on the Far East of Russia), stopping
off briefly in Irkutsk for a visit to Olkhon
Island on Lake Baikal - whew!
Finally, home again in Athens, Ohio with a 15 hour time zone lag behind Birobidzhan and straight into the Fall quarter teaching (for both of us) - no wonder that we are only now recovering enough to write this summary - it will be enhanced and updated periodically - promise. [9/30/2007]
Nili & Izzi somewhere on the Golden Ring of Russia tour (Photo by tour director Vladimir Filippov)