Well, I’m down to my last 24 hours in Russia, and I can’t wait to get home. As the title says, Russia is a nice enough place to visit. St. Petersburg is very beautiful, Moscow isn’t half bad, and once you get past the culture shock and get used to everywhere being a little dirty and being about 20 years in the technological past, it’s alright.
I’m so glad I came to Russia. Not only did I meet some amazing people, but I think that to really appreciate what you have, you have to leave it behind for a while. Moving to NYC made me realize how much my family, friends, and hometown actually mean to me and how lucky I am to have them. Visiting Russia made me realize how much I love America and how lucky I was to be born there. Our government may not be perfect, but compared to the corruption in Russia, everyone in Washington should have a little halo over their heads. Our water is clean in most parts of the country, and we have good–if expensive–healthcare. We’re technologically spoiled, and also spoiled in terms of freedom; what we do, what we say, and how we live our lives.
I’m sure I’ll come back one day, when I speak a bit more Russian, and will explore other parts of the country. But for now, I’m happy as a clam to sit back and anxiously count down the hours until my flight takes off and I head home to be with my family again.