Our trip to Yakutia in eastern Russia is finished, and we now head back to Moscow on our way home. Truly, Russia surprised and delighted us. We were continually amazed at the warm welcome, the accommodating people, and the focus on learning and sharing that greeted us in Russia. Wherever we went, we encountered nothing but kind and caring friends—no attitude about politics and nothing negative.
Even Kate and I (she being a Russian citizen and I having worked in Russia before) were overwhelmed by the tide of generosity which embraced us during this recent visit. From busy but friendly professional store clerks in Moscow to clusters of courteous teenagers we’d pass walking on roads in the smaller communities, “nice and helpful” was the norm.
We realize that many people have an inaccurate concept of what life in Russia is like today, just as we did, so we are grateful that we can share the amazing experience of our month of taking NIK into Russia with you.
Thanks for reading—and for caring.
– Jon & Mary