Today a group of Russian volunteers asked me to name one thing about having a border with Russia (those 120 miles there in the north) that could make me worried and one thing that makes me happy about it.
While the first one was pretty obvious and not that interesting the second one took some time and is: if we have to be separated by only one other country from North Korea, as we are, Russia with its vast territory that allows for nine hours long domestic flights is definitely the best choice. Being "just one Russia away from Kim" as we are is much better than being say a Chile or a Belgium away from him.
Today we visited a village nearby (not one of our cluster of villages) with a group of volunteers to help a group of locals clear the illegal rubbish dump that started to appear at the outskirts of the village and block the road to the site to prevent access and further dumping of rubbish there.
There is a family of alcoholics in that village and they have three kids, we helped the kids with different stuff a couple of times before. Their youngest daughter is almost three I think and she looks more angelic than I have ever seen a kid looking, blue eyes, blond curls, the works.
We met her in the village's main street drawing something on the pavement with chalk. One of our local volunteers went "Wow, how cute is she!", sat next to the girl and started talking to her:
- Hello, what is your name? - [keeps drawing] Lucia. - Wow, Lucia [pointing at the drawing on the pavement] this is so beautiful! Well done! So so pretty! [it was just some random lines and wasn't beautiful at all, why do we feel the need to tell this shit to our kids I have no idea but punishment for lying was near]. What is it, Lucia? - [calmly but super clearly and loudly] Rita's cunt and ass. [Rita is her 5 year-old sister].
Our local volunteers' faces (only they could understand the conversation in real time) were priceless. And we learned why a minute later.