Just wanted to share some thoughts with you.
1. Countries of contrast.
My friend, Koncha Ever Manuel Jara (he's a Paraguayan, he's name is not Koncha, but Ever :). pronounced like "Hara" ) visited Russia for the 1st time in his life in December 2006.
Well, guess, what was the first thing he was offered there? Yes! It was Vodka.
Surprisingly, he drank it like juice and asked for more. Just like he's been living in Russia for years!
The whole thing ended up at one country-house, where he was invited. He was sitting amongst two very-very drunk lawyers (American and Russian) and was holding a very deep monologue.. with himself :). Needless to say that the level of his sobriety was too low to sit straight and listen to those guys, so he disregarded their discussions and was just repeating one thing:
- Well. My name is Ever. This is my name. I know, it is a stupid name. But still - this is my name. Ever. That's how they call me. Ever. This is my name....
As you can see, ancient philosophers aren't fit to tie his shoelaces :)
2. Level of risk.
When I visited Moscow in December, I was shocked by the way people cross roads. Well, I must say that all extreme skaters, pro-racers and stuntmen are just poor silly little chaps.
Old ladies, men, women.. with a hungry outrageous glitter in their eyes RUSH across hard thoroughfare and traffic when the RED LIGHT is active! Who said Russians are feeble?! Bullshit!
They're hungry for risking their lives. True heroes. No doubt :/
I guess that were all my observations for now, to be continued :)