The New York Times article: To Russia with Notions
made me think. When I go to Russia, will I feel like a materialistic American snob? I don’t like to think of myself that way, but I wonder how I will handle being there. I have heard that you have to have the mind set that it is like going camping. Am I too used to American conveniences and luxuries? Will I miss modern, perfectly climate-controlled homes and buildings and cars, double pained windows, clear English speakers, spacious single family homes, large grocery and department stores with everything I could possible need in one place, free and well-kept modern bathrooms, safe drivers, English cable TV, luxury airlines and transportation, American food? Maybe I am a snob.
On the other hand, I am sure that I will love to experience a new culture, historical architecture that is beyond beautiful, fabulous museums and galleries, exciting shows (such as the Bolshoi if we are lucky), an amazing metro system, interesting Russian dolls and souvenirs, and most importantly gorgeous little orphan children that long to be played with!
And when I think about it- I like to camp.
Labels: traveling to Russia