Се́рдце с пе́рцем, душа́ с чесноко́м.
 Heart with pepper, soul with garlic.

Mr. Baran, my seventh-grade Russian teacher, showed us slides he made during trip to Russia in the Sixties.

 In 1995, I followed in his footsteps, visiting Russia for ten days, embracing the spirit of гласност (glasnost) by staying in Russian homes, and joining those reading poetry at Pasternak's grave in Peredelkino.


Глаза -- зеркало души. Eyes are the mirror of a heart.

I made this photo of Galina Vasileyevna, my hostess in Moscow., while we had a Душа к душе (heart to heart, literally “soul to soul”) talk in Russian.

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The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (St. Basil’s), Red Square.

“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” - St. Basil

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Metro station, St. Petersburg

“St. Petersburg is a gem of world culture and Russia’s most European city.” -Valentina Matviyenko

“It’s an international space station. We have crew members from both the U.S. and Russia and now the United Kingdom with Tim Peake from the U.K. It’s great to see that, on this space station, that we can work across cultures in a very cooperative way.” - Scott Kelly