We leave tonight on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing. Holy cow! The kids and I finally came to the conclusion that we should do it. It’s like extreme sports, I guess. It is the longest railway on the planet. We will be on the train for a full 6 nights, God willin’ and the creek don’t rise. Yikes! Then we will arrive in Beijing on August 1st, and then on to our next project. Foundation of Hope will meet us at the station at 2pm. This is an orphanage for kid with physical challenges. Should be amazing. The kids and I are really looking forward to it!
Moscow has been amazing. We have had the great pleasure of spending time with Elena Korenova, a very well-known and successful actress here in Russia. I worked with this unbelievably talented woman in Los Angeles many years ago. She is such an interesting woman, and so much fun to be around with all of her great stories, and just her remarkable take on life. Elena, you are the best! She came to our rescue here, showing us Moscow and taking us to amazing meals all over town. The highlight was going to eat at the Writer’s Restaurant. It was something out of a “period film”. Stunningly beautiful and filled with the history of Russia writing and acting. We met a number of well-known Russian actors there. Was a real treat. Also, a big thanks to Elena’s friend, Vikie Chilap for her help as well. She is also a talented actress with a huge future ahead of her. She helped us buy our train tickets, which would have been basically impossible without her. Bravo, Vikie!
Besides that, we have been doing the sight-seeing thing. Hanging out at Red Square (The Kremlin, Lenin Mausoleum, Gum, and St. Basil’s Cathedral), saw the headquarters of The KGB, along with Arbat Street, and The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Many beautiful things to see. Also the Metro (the underground) is a sight in itself. Very clean, very efficient.
Since there will be no internet on the slow train to China… we’ll post in a week or so, when we arrive in Beijing. Wow! Arriving in China. Craziness… Thanks again for all your emails, posts, contributions, and encouragement. The boys and I send you all our love.
We are truly having a once in a life time experience. Shooting tons of video, which I apparently will have plenty of time to edit into something on a very loooong train ride starting tonight. We are learning so much… The boy’s favorite thing of all, of course, is hanging out with all the kids. The language barrier doesn’t seem to be a big issue. Kids are kids… and kids just want to have fun!
We continue to meet so many extraordinary people. It’s been quite an adventure so far.
Now on with The Love Revolution!
Peace, jd, jack and buck….