Russia 2. First Steps

I spent the night at a Gatwick airport hotel but, needless to say, I couldn't sleep. My flight left at 7am. I enjoyed a good breakfast on the plane and wound my watch forward two hours. I had constant nerves and excitement in my stomach. After about 4 hours of flying we began our descent. Domodedovo …

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Russia 1. Initial Apprehensions

*names and some other small details have been changed Two days before I left for Moscow, I met with my cousin and closest friend. We talked about normal things, then inevitably about preparations for my trip. I was going to volunteer in a children's summer camp for a month. It was to be the first …