Italy and Russia, in the pool

Made some friends at the pool in the last couple of weeks. Luisa and Cristiano are from Italy, and Tatiana is from Saratov Province in Russia. Talking about Berlusconi with the former and Putin, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Dostoevsky with the latter has been a delight.

I mention this because, where I live, it’s unusual to hear anything but English. Also, I don’t often have the chance to speak Russian. It’s a treat, as is talking about Russian literature with a Russian.

Last outdoor swims of the summer in the next couple of days — and the beginnings of new friendships.


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