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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Other Side of the Ocean

I'm back from the (former) USSR! After a couple weeks of romping in Russia, a new year begins for Writeful!

Like much of the rest of the world, it was unusually warm in central Russia. The first snow in Moscow and Nizhniy Novgorod fell only a few days before our arrival, and while we were there, the fresh coat of snow was replenished only a few times. Where we're used to seeing crisp, clean snow, dirty slush prevailed.

I'll have to put off my follow-up story, "Vodka in the Snow: Russian Winter," for another visit. I think "The Russian Winter that Nearly Wasn't" makes a more fitting title for an account of this adventure.

From the Kremlin in Moscow to the Kremlin in Nizhniy Novgorod, I met with old friends and new, Russian Priests and government officials, went from café to monestary, traveled by plane, train and automobile. Plenty of fodder for future writings -- fiction and non.

Want to visit Nizhniy Novgorod yourself? If you’ve already read my travel story, Vodka in the Sun, then visit the city’s official site below.



Anonymous AnatolyS said...

Hello Eric,
it's nice to see you safely jornied over such a vast space and came back ;)
It's a pity we did not met in Nyzhny - but I do not think I had any means. No contact phones in Russia?
Please try to drop me a line to both my adresses, lukoil one and nnov.ru one. I have bad feelings that I just did not get your mail...
On the other hand I set your small letter Dec 20 from my working adress - did you got it?
Just before New Year then everybody still at work and nobody actually working, I took time and read "Vodka in the sun". ;) Very entertaining indeed. I spotted 3 factual errors - I can share if you wish;)
Oh. And a great gretings from my Mom. We spent some time on New Year Eve listening to my translaion of Goodman Family Newsletter. ;)

January 11, 2007  
Blogger Eric D. Goodman said...

Hi Anatoly,

Actually, I just sent you an email yesterday -- did you get it? I have several addresses for you and probably sent it to the wrong one. When I get commetns through Writeful, I can't tell which address you're sending from. Send me an email and I'll forward the one I sent yesterday to the proper address.

We tried to call you a couple times while in Russia, but couldn't get through. It is a pity we didn't get to meet. Hopefully we'll plan better next time -- and have more time to plan with.

By all means, please send my your "Vodka in the Sun" comments! Although it was already published twice, one day I may make it a chapter in a larger book about my travels in Russia, in which case I can make changes.

I hope the Goodman Family NEwsletter didn't put the family to sleep before 2007 arrived.

Best wishes for a bright new year!


January 11, 2007  

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