America's Newest Ambassador
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
12Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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When we arrived I was warmly greeted by her grandparents. Neither of them speak English, but fortunately my personal translator Maria was there to help. They live in a typical small but nice Russian style apartment in a nice district. They had prepared a huge meal for us and even had American TV (CNN International) on for me to watch when I arrived. Granny speaks fluent Spanish and during Soviet times visited Cuba on behalf of the government and worked with Fidel Castro! She showed me photos of them together at his house and everything
Over the next 6 hours we ate and drank continuously. Granny made an excellent Borscht among other great dishes. We discussed a wide variety of light dinner conversation topics including the coming hurricane, the U.S. election, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Russian Nuclear Submarines. Fortunately I just brushed up on Russian submarines by touring one. I felt like I was in some high level government meeting at the Kremlin!
At the end of the evening just before we were ready to leave, Maria's grandfather presented me with my very own Russian medal! I think I'm starting to like this meeting with other cultures gig. Hmmm.... Maybe I could be America's newest ambassador!