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... and gave it to the lady behind the counter, who looked rather vicious out of her cabinet.
He tapped my shoulder, gave me a special handshake with the thumps crossed, like saying, "we are friends mate!" So this is my first Russian friend, I will probably never see him again, but it's nice to know such people are around!
The first 10 to 15 km looked the same as the other side of the boarder, trucks after truck ...
... the years we lived here. For a price of course! Things like salsa and tortilla chips, peanut butter and Reese's cups. It was a Russian Costco! It was fun seeing all the products that they now are able to get. I realised I could buy these American candies here and give them out without stuffing my suitcase till it will break! I will try to remember that for next time!
They have had these stores in Moscow for a while now but this is rather new to Smolensk.
It is a hot day and ...
... hour before the officer came back made me signed loads of stuff (no idea what I was signing because everything was in Cyrillic) gave me a piece of paper and told me to follow another guy. The other guy took me to a taxi and told me to follow the taxi man. By now I was really confused, so many questions was going through my mind, did they decide to let me go, was this man going to drive me to Vilnius and what they hell was I going to pay with (I don't even know what ...
... and I am hoping to invite them all to the church on Sunday to say goodbye...!
I will write a last blog about our fabulous weekend "church family camp" in a day or so..I just wanted to get this out.
thanks and blessings!
Mike and Mary ...
I am writing this to inform you that our address book was deleted and our ccsmolensk email was hacked. I wanted to warn you of any email you get from that address is not us as we are closing that account. Our new account is.... firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks for your patience!