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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 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for sharing these memories, esp. the last paragraph. Really emotional, moving and fresh, as if it happened yesterday. I'm glad you were able to receive a good education, without neuroses or ideology. I strongly dislike the education system in the USA, esp. at the university and graduate school level. It's more like a "business," with the end goal of making money. I don't think education should be so expensive. Overall, this is bad for society.
jon_quille
Jul. 31st, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. The more we share, the more we learn. I believe that there are some changes on the way. Technology would change the way we learn at least to some extent. Even now it is possible to attend lectures online and even take the whole course on the subject you like from many universities all round the world. Programming from MIT, Stocks from Stanford, Philosopy from the University of Athenes. Well, I don't know if the last one exists, but it would be interesting to see what is going on in that field in the lands of Plato. And that's for free or affordable to anyone who had enough money to by a PC.

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