May 03, 2005

News from behind the iron curtain

I enjoy meeting people from former Warsaw pact countries and hearing their stories. One of the students helping us with experiments right now is from Lithuania. At lunch she was saying how one time she and her friends visited Gdansk, Poland. None of them could speak Polish and so they asked somebody for directions in Russian, and this person pointed them in exactly the wrong direction. The next time, they used English, and the Poles were very friendly.
In another story, some of her friends went on a trip to Minsk in Belarus. The police put them in jail for 2 days for no reason, and then kicked them out of the country. None of them have been back.


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