Intercambio partners in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Спасибо is all the Russian I can say reliably, but this native English speaking tourist was still welcomed at the Sunday evening English-Russian language exchange at the Bratya Tonet wine bar on Vasilyevsky Island.
Alina is a dermatologist. ("I can make you beautiful," said she, with a smile. An argument for sticking around Saint Petersburg; I need all the help I can get.)
Casper -- yes, Casper; that's what he told me! -- hails from Japan, translates documents for the Japanese consulate, and judges his Russian to be better than his excellent English.
Apologies to unphotographed conversation mates. It was dark in there. I had to brace firm elbows to get this shot at 1/20 second.
"Should Earth colonize Mars?" was the question posed in an intercambio debate. I supported my team by arguing passionately
for colonization, a ludicrous idea.