Lost in Moscow

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When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I used the public transportation system to get around the city.  One day, I accidentally got on the wrong bus and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

I was completely lost.  I looked around and saw a field with some trees.  There was a two lane road, but I didn’t see anything in the distance.

I thought about my predicament for a while.  This was in the mid 90’s, so I didn’t have a cell phone.  Also, there wasn’t a payphone in the area.

I decided to hitchhike to the nearest subway station.  I was very familiar with the subway lines and had a map, so I knew I could get home if I could just get to the subway station.

It was the best plan I could come up with at the time and it worked.  I made it home and felt very relieved.

A few days later, I talked to my mom on the phone and told her the story.  She was not enthused.  I got a lecture about being safe and other stuff like that.

Living With the Enemy

I spent my childhood (from 1974-1978 and 1980-1987) in Germany, because my father was in the Army.  This was during the cold war and Russia was our sworn enemy.  We were in Germany protecting the world from communism and the evil Russians.

In 1997, I ended up moving to Russia.  Things had changed a lot since my childhood.  The wall had collapsed and Russia was no longer a communist country.

It felt strange to be in Russia, to be in a country I was taught to hate, to mingle with people I viewed as enemies.

While I was in Russia, I made friends and I learned they were a lot like me.  They too had been taught to fear and hate, just as I had been.  They too were curious about life on the other side of the wall.  They had many of the same desires and hopes for the future as I did.  We weren’t that different at the core of our being, and I was able to make friends with those I used to view as enemies.

 

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Lost in Moscow

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When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I used the public transportation system to get around the city.  One day, I accidentally got on the wrong bus and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

I was completely lost.  I looked around and saw a field with some trees.  There was a two lane road, but I didn’t see anything in the distance.

I thought about my predicament for awhile.  This was in the mid 90’s and I didn’t have a cell phone.  Also, there wasn’t a payphone in the area.

I decided to hitchhike to the nearest subway station.

I was very familiar with the subway lines and had a map, so I knew I could get home if I could just get to the subway station.

It was the best plan I could come up with at the time and it worked.  I made it home and felt very relieved.