Back in the U.S.S.R.
|Rustem and Vladimir|
Vladimir and Rustem apologize for their limited English. Mike and I assure them it's far greater than our non-existent Russian! They tolerated our menagerie, even Bugsy the flamboyant dog. Vladimir asked what kind of dog he is, and I answered, "Mutt." He mulled that over a while then, with the explanation it meant all the breeds, he came up with a yard-long word for it in Russian.
We'll continue to visit until they and the others in the Productivity Enhancement Program go back home to Russia on the 21st. Perhaps we'll meet again after that. Mike and I, though, are quite sure we don't want to visit Rustem at his home in Kazan during the winter months. We struggled with the conversion of Fahrenheit and Celsius, but we do know temperatures about 20 below zero Celsius are way too cold for us! (It's -4 Fahrenheit. Yes, way too cold!)