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

 

Mr. Baran, my seventh-grade Russian teacher, showed us slides of his trip to Russia in the 60's.  In 1995, I followed in his footsteps, staying in  Russia for ten days, embracing the spirit of гласност by staying in Russian homes, and joining in the reading of 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. 

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. 

The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, Red Square. “A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” - St. Basil

The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, Red Square.

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

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

Metro station, St. Petersburg

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