If you haven’t already heard, there was a bombing today in the Moscow airport and 35 people were killed (a hundred more were injured). The Russian authorities are calling it a Terrorist Attack. Irving and I were in that airport a year and a half ago when we visited Russia on vacation. We stood in the exact place the bomb went off. We walked around that area numerous times borrowing cell phones and trying to find a taxi.
On our two week Contiki trip through Russia, we saw some amazing historical architecture, history and art.
When we were thinking about traveling there, we knew the government was unstable, but we also knew the citizens were good people, looking to rebuild their nation. We saw the beauty in the concrete apartments, and the hope inside the youth. We saw how the country turned images of communism into art-filled parks and museums.
Russia was a difficult country to navigate, but we understood what they had gone through over the past century. We had a great time, and although we were confused by the laws, rules and regulations around us, we still felt safe walking around.
It’s sad that a country that already has a low tourism economy, will now be hit even more by this airport bombing. I really hope in my lifetime, Russia can break through as a tourist destination. It really does have a lot to offer.
Of course I know that there were ten fatal police shootings in our own country today. We are not exempt from the evil in this world. I think that is one of the reasons why we love to travel. We learn to see and appreciate beauty around us. We learn about different cultures, talk to the locals, hear the stories and realize that the majority of people in the world are kind, generous and curious – just like we are.
The Winner of the Celebrity Fitness Giveaway is Erin! YAY! Can’t wait!