34 thoughts on “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

  1. Dear Jill,
    This is off subject. Remember when I mentioned that I had a Russian story about how I knew being monitored/ surveilled was standard operating procedure in Russia especially before 1989 or Perestroika. I had just referred to it in another comment and I had promised to share it here.

    Here’s the story:

    I have this story of when I led a tour from Brussels, Belgium to Russia around 1981 before Perestroika, when everyone knew that as foreign tourists, we would all be monitored.

    One evening while in Moscow, I had this urge to visit Gorky Park. Remember that 1981 crime novel with the title, โ€œGorky Parkโ€.

    In the early evening, I hopped on this boat that dropped me off at a spot near the park. I took my time walking and enjoying all the sights at my leisure.

    Then sometime in the evening around 10:00 pm at the latest, I decided it was time to return to my hotel. Much to my dismay, it became apparent that Moscow closed down early which Iโ€™m certain doesnโ€™t happen today.

    Out of desparation, I stopped some young peoples to ask in English for assistance/ direction to get back to the hotel.

    Out of nowhere these two well dressed young gentlemen who spoke perfect English were at my side. I explained my dilemma and they assured me that they would escort me safely back to my destination. They accompanied me onto the subway using these cards. On the train they kept me company by speaking English. As a couple of passengers started yelling and pointing their fingers at me, these two kind men flashed their cards and the fellow travelers were instantly quieted.

    As they continued to walk with me to the hotel, I asked for a rest on a nearby bench. For some time, we somehow started to swap back and forth the propaganda stories of both countries. The divide was amazing to where we had a few laughs. The lesson that I learned was that this cultural divide was for real.

    And I was never so happy to have been followed/ monitored in my life.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I love this story, Gronda! I can only imagine how frightening it was to realize you were lost in a strange, foreign city late at night! The same happened to me in Paris once, except no good looking young men came to my rescue! What an amazing memory for you. Thanks for sharing this story … it is one I will remember!


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      • Dear Jill,

        Wouldn’t it be great if when we traveled, we would be followed by two men who could come to our aid at an instant?

        Can you imagine a city the size of Moscow rolling up around 10: 00 pm? They didn’t even have the international signs for directions. I’m certain things are much different, today.

        I have walked just about every inch of those streets in Paris.

        It is a pain to get lost which is bound to happen when you travel but It’s part of the adventure that I would rather not have to tolerate.

        Hugs, Gronda

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        • It would absolutely be wonderful to know that two men were always ready to come to our aid … especially if they were nice to look at!

          No, I would have expected Moscow to be much like New York — the city that never sleeps! I absolutely love the streets of Paris … I could happily live there!


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    • Funnily, a few years back in 2014, I was on a cruise that stopped in St. Petersburg. We had to join a ship tour under a group Visa as we had not had time to get an Individual ones. Our tour guides watched us like hawks and we were corralled extensively with head counts constantly conducted. On return to the ship, I asked a couple who went ashore independently, how it went? They had hired a taxi, but when they told the driver that they would like him to drop them off in the city and return a few hours later to pick them up. He said that he must stay with them at all times. He chaperoned them to all the sights which made them wish they hadn’t bothered with trying to do anything independently.
      Russia is not a free country. Citizens are fine as long as they don’t question the government, but if they do, or try to assert their individual rights, they mysteriously find themselves blacklisted, or worse, suddenly in court and prison.

      Your experience, Gronda, was one of relief at being escorted back to safe territory, but I don’t think that it was really out of kindness of two strangers. You were monitored right from the get-go!

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  2. I always find political cartoons so amazing. So much is said with so few words! These cartoonist do not make the news, but are reacting to it through their art. This causes the viewer to think and also to react…whether in agreement or disagreement of the statement, that has been silently made. The first one is a powerful statement of truth that echoes my own thoughts. Thank-you!

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