My last day in Ireland was all about ancient history. First, we visited the Hill of Tara:
I know that pictures tell nothing about this place. It’s a feeling. It’s not that often that you visit a Christian site dated the 5th century A.D., but knowing that the place had a special meaning even during the Stone Age, gives it all a new perspective.
I was walking around and taking endless pictures of “everything green,” although what I was trying to capture was not seen. Maybe, you could smell it in the air. Maybe, you could feel it under the surface of the earth…
I am usually not so good in imagining how things looked like when there is almost nothing left. The Banqueting Hall, The Fort of Kings are mark just by the unevenness of the surface. But the air is dense, filled with the passions of the past, and you almost here the steps and the clanking of the armors…
My name is Henrietta (Hettie) Dombrovskaya. I was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russian (actually, back then – Leningrad, USSR) in 1963, and immigrated to the United States in 1996.
I love Saint Petersburg, the city I was born and raised in, and I think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. Similarly (but differently) I love Chicago, and can’t imagine myself moving somewhere else in the observable future.
I have three children, Igor, Vlad and Anna, all adults living on their own, and one (so far) granddaughter Nadia. I also believe that my children are the best thing that happened in my life.
As for my professional life, I am working in the field of Information Technologies. When I was twenty, I’ve declared that the databases are the coolest thing invented and that I want to do them for the rest of my life. Thirty plus years later, I still believe it’s true, and still, believe that the databases are the best. These two statements together imply that I think a person can have it all, and indeed, I think so! Keep reading my journals to find out how I did it.
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