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Coffee and The Little Things That Make Russia Comfortable…

I grew up in a world much like Russia is today. As I have said before that is what makes me comfortable here. It is a world that you know and is safe. It is a world that still allows you to make decisions based on your own thoughts and desires…

The world that I grew up in is gone but I discovered Russia and her idiosyncrasies that make life good. So what am I talking about over that morning cup of coffee?

Glad you asked…

The other day I talked about milk and where to get it in Russia…

Milk in Russia: It Does The Body Good…

Today we will talk about meat…

In the picture to the left you will see an example of how people will and can purchase meat in Russia. Sometimes it is from a van, sometimes they set up a table outside, sometimes they carry it around, go door to door in the flats and ask you if you would like to buy some meat…

Now I will not be picky about what kind of meat. Russians are not picky and meat is meat. I feel the same way…

(Exception is: Ground meat don’t buy meat all ready ground. Grind it yourself…)

But for those who are worried! No! We do not use rat, cat, dog, or any other meat like that. We like chicken, turkey, beef, pork and lamb… 🙂 (I have been asked by e-mails several times…)

Before I got the picture I had to wait for everyone to clear out. There was about 20 people surrounding the van and I could not get a picture of the meat. I call it “Cash and Carry…”

It reminds me of the old days in America. We use to sell meat of the back of a tractor as well as we sold milk, sour cream, cottage cheese and other delights. I remember them well, the government trucks that had some of the best butter and cheese in the whole world. It all came from the back of a truck…

Closer shot for disbelievers...

It is life as I know it in Russia. Whether I am in a village or in Moscow. Or somewhere in between…

I know a half dozen farmers that have been to Russia and Ukraine. They have the same feelings that I do and they would like to figure out how to come to Russia and farm. In fact one of them should be trying to get things together to come to Russia soon and I hope he does…

I watched for a short while and of course Boza was wanting to pay a visit and get some meat. But we stayed back and observed. That is what Boza and I do best in this interesting country…

This is what makes me so endeared to Russia. The way that life is so much like my past and it creates a nice comfort barrier to the world. I am worried though about Russia because she seems to be wanting to become Westernized. Well at least Moscow does. I do know that as vast as Russia is that trying to Westernize all of her would be a thousand year project…

So if Moscow becomes to Western oriented, we will just move a little farther away. We have a little village that is so far back into the wilderness that it will take a few hundred years for modernization to reach it with any gusto…

Russia: Sunrise to Freedom, leaving us one person at a time!

So now you know a little more about Russia…

Windows to Russia!

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