January 01, 2003

What's Cheap for a Russian...

In the provincial town of R—, on the third floor of a creme and white 18th century building, halfway down a tall, narrow hallway with floors of peeling linoleum, I am being entertained by the oblast director for tourism.

The director is a man who likes to take action. He is fond of terse, purposeful conversations and finds small talk rather bothersome. In short, a former military man.

When I express an interest in taking a tour of the town and region’s famous sites, the director for tourism is on his cellphone in a heartbeat.

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