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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!


Jul. 31st, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
Samantha is a part of my school age - a bright and clear one. I traced that story in the newspapers. It was the hope the future will be happy. I was seriously scared with risk of nuclear war, sometimes I had nightmares about it. We had trainings at school, we were taught to march to the shelter, to weary a gas mask, to use a medicine set. Mirroring Samantha I believed the American President could start a war. That time I was sure the Russians wouldn't.
Jul. 31st, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
We didn't have nuclear drills in my school, and the first time I put on a gas mask was in Latvia, when I visited an old Soviet military prison two years ago. I could not have imagined the horrible feeling I experienced with that thing on! Such people like Samantha are very important in the world, we definitely need more of them!


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