For our Russia capstone event, Mary and I escorted twelve students to the home of a local family.
Away from the tourist sites and general SAS hubbub, we came face-to-face with everyday Russian life...paying bills, juggling family time with work, relying on public transportation, exercising the right to vote, cold winters, short summers, the influence of television, and differing views of gay lifestyles.
In many ways, Saint Petersburg was not an easy port. Our home visit gave us a reality check to end our short stay.
Yours in leaving Russia,