Update from the East

Spring Well, today is Victory Day, which marks the end of World War II in Europe, specifically the capitulation of Nazi forces to the Allies on May 8th 1945. All the now elderly men who served in “The Great Patriotic War,” as they call it here, wore their Soviet war medals on their suit coats to commemorate the day. It is amazing to see how many of these former soldiers are still around. Victory Day is a big holiday here. All government services and banks are closed as are many stores, and there are parades and celebrations with quite a few of the old red hammer and sickle flags flying.Continue reading the rest of this post...