Usually, the question I get is "Is there a fill-in-the-blank restaurant in Russia?"
In answer, I'm going to post pictures of some of the signs I saw and let you discover the answers for yourselves!
Here are the rest of the places I saw:
Answers to questions from comments:
What was your favorite food that you tried? What was the most unusual thing you tried/ate? What was your favorite place you went to ? What did you think of how the schools are run there? Will you use anything you learned from your trip in your classroom? What did you miss the most when you were away? Did you drive while you were there? What impressed you the most about your visit?
You all have some wonderful questions! I will answer most of them now because they are easy. You have two questions that I think I will need to answer in their own blog posts because they are such good questions! "What did you think of how the schools are run there?" and "Will you use anything you learned from your trip in your classroom?" I hope you don't mind that I don't answer them now. I need to give them much more thought!
So now, to your other questions!
How long did it take you to get to Russia? I will let you do the math. I had a 3 hour flight from Chicago to New York. Then, I had a 9 1/2 hour flight from New York to Moscow, Russia.
What did you miss the most when you were away? I have two answers. 1. My family. 2. American toilet paper. Russian toilet paper feels like the brown paper towels we have in the bathrooms here at school to dry our hands with. It is very rough and stiff.
Did you drive when you were there? No, I didn't drive, but I took a lot of taxis. The traffic there was crazy! Drivers don't really follow the traffic rules. People are zig-zagging everywhere and I never saw lines on the road. People just made their own lanes! At one point, the traffic was stopped and we were just stuck in traffic. Our taxi driver got out of the taxi and went for a walk! Another time, our taxi hit another car, but just kept going! I'm really glad I didn't have to drive myself.
What impressed you the most about your visit? I was the most impressed with how open, friendly and welcoming the people of Russia that we met were. I have so many new friends now. People were so willing to help us with almost anything we asked. They offered us places to stay, wanted to share their favorite things with us, fed us, gave us gifts, laughed with us, taught us about themselves, their language, their food, their schools, and their lives.