I can’t explain why, but one of the things Jamie wanted to do most in Russia was to have her photo taken with a babushka, a little old Russian lady.
We’ve been told that we’ll see them at all the train stations along the route of the Trans-Siberian Express. Apparently, they sit on the platforms and wait for the trains to arrive so they can sell their wares to tourists.
We took a walk down Arbat, a very nice but touristy street, while our wash was being done at the Moscow laundromat. Lo and behold, there was a sweet little old Russian babushka playing a balalaika.
Jamie said, “Can I have my photo taken with you?” And the sweet little old lady motioned to the collection cup sitting in the street in front of her.
We gave her about 200 kopeks and Jamie got her photo with a babushka (but please don’t make the mistake of thinking this will be her last one.)