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Hello dear readers! I know many of you voted for me to travel to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but unfortunately finances are tight and airfare there too expensive. So, in a week, I'll return to my beloved Maine and go on another road journey to New England. During the trip, I plan on meeting with Samantha Smith's mother in Boothbay Harbor. What questions do you want me to ask her?

I've had no time for the blog recently due to a hectic work and life schedule. :(  However, next week I'll show you "good Russia," with stories about Kazan and Ples from the winter journey. In the meantime, please let me know what questions you have for Samantha's mom. I'm happy I can finally leave the office for a week, meet with her, and relax in the beautiful surroundings of cozy New England. Does the younger generation in Russia know about Samantha's legacy? How do they learn about her? Or, is she mostly known to those who grew up during the Soviet period? I think her mother will be interested in knowing these facts. :) Have a nice weekend!

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anna_sollanna
Jul. 31st, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I thought you would go there later... I wanted to read Samantha's book she had written about her visit to USSR and the fictional book "You Are One of Them" by Elliott Holt that is based on Samantha's story but has the different ending...
As for questions for Samantha's mother... I am not sure whether it is good to ask her about her long ago deceased daughter... But if it is possible would you please ask her what she thought about the USSR the time she visited it and whether her opinion has changed from that time, what she thinks about the USSR now?
peacetraveler22
Jul. 31st, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
I also have that book, but have not yet read it. Yes, I will ask her your questions and let you know the answers. I think she will be happy to talk about her daughter, and remember her legacy, although it is certainly painful and emotional. There's also a museum in Samantha's honor and a statue, but they're located in different parts of Maine. Not sure I will have time to visit all the places, but I'll try.

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