If you ever visited the Soviet Union, what impact did that have on your life?
I was 15. Brezhnev was the Premier. We took the train across Europe to get to Moscow and when we were there, we were given personal tour guides. Mine was a beautiful young woman dressed in a leopard skin patterned coat. She was the daughter of a diplomat who had lived in NYC and spoke English well.
We had some amazing conversations about Marxism and Russia and literature and the Russian soul and I fell in love.
As a result of that experience, I became engrossed in all things Russian for the next four years, and it ended up being my major in college. To this day, even though I haven’t studied it any further, I probably still know more than the average bear (lol) about Russia.
What about you?