Made it to the other side
After a rough and stressful day of traveling, we finally crossed over. We got out by bus through the Narva/Ivangorod border — which is in the Kingisepp District of Leningrad Oblast, not far from where my father lived as a kid after my grandfather retired. We are in Estonia for now.
The situation on the both sides of the border is grim and stressful. On the Russian side Ukrainians are being held up for hours, while people with American citizenship are questioned about why they came and where they’re going. And we were told that Estonians are prone to turning away Russians with non-EU dual citizenship — American, Israeli, whatever — just because they’re Russian. So you could say we hit the jackpot: we weren’t liked by anyone on either side. But in the end we got through fine. There’s no doubt our daughter Eya, with her beauty and easy charm, helped us squeeze through.
We’re gonna try to record an episode today or tomorrow. It’ll pair well with the one we recored from St. Petersburg, right before this mobilization was announced. So stay tuned.
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