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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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peacetraveler22
Jul. 31st, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
I never thought of Russians as the "enemy," not during my youth or even now. Ordinary people can recognize that people are almost always separable from the policy of their nation. I assume Samantha communicated with the young Soviet girls through an interpreter. I can't even remember fearing a nuclear war with Russia during my childhood. I think this was a more real and serious threat for those who lived during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was before my time. I'm old, but not that old!! :)) I remember my parents having nuclear drills in school, where they prepared for the dropping of an atomic bomb. This definitely must do something to a young person's psyche and fears.
qi_tronic
Jul. 31st, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
I read that during the Cuban Missile Crisis informed people even started to leave Moscow because they feared a nuclear attack.

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