Upon your first visit to Russia, what was the first thing that surprised you?
I was surprised at how wide the roads could be even in Central Moscow. Some of these were built for planes to land during war. Sixteen lanes of traffic jam looks like Diwali from a high rise but not the best thing when you are a part of it.
Some of the metro stations were more beautiful than cathedrals.
I had not lived in a cold country before arriving in Russia. The autumn colors surprised me. I do not miss the Moscow winters but I feel nostalgic about autumns.