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Trips to Warsaw and Moscow this month

It's been a while since I traveled far so I am excited to be visiting two of my former home cities in the course of the next month. I shall be in Warsaw from June 18 to 21 and in Moscow from June 29 to July 3. Sadly these are not to be road trips, so Speranza will stay quietly at home.

After years of frequent flying on business I avoid it now as much as I can. I still love aeroplanes, but I truly hate airports. Nowhere does one feel the force of an over-mighty state more directly than in such places. I will grit my teeth and focus on the anticipation of meeting old friends in two of my favourite cities. My life in Poland was before my blogging began. I moved there in 1992 and left in 2003. I started this blog from Moscow in 2005 when the Prevention of Terrorism Act's attack on habeas corpus upset me badly, but always wrote only about issues in Britain.

Both Poland and Russia have been through serious political and economic changes since I lived there and I will be interested to get updates from my friends. Blogging may well be light during both trips as I have alway found it combines badly with vodka! Actually, for someone who lived so long in the Slavic world, I combine rather badly with vodka and will try to stick to whisky, gin or tequila.

More images from the Mall

StingrayThe Jaguar XK140 I photographed back in September is still at our local shopping mall. Now it has been joined by this splendid 60's Corvette Stingray. Unfortunately I didn't have a proper camera with me, but I hope this effort from my phone is at least web-worthy.

My wife was impressed that I knew what it was. Actually, it was easy. One of my boyhood "Hot Wheels" models was a Corvette. Of course it's not as classy as the Jag and I am sure Jeremy Clarkson would say it "doesn't do corners." Still it looks like too much fun to sit idly at a mall.

Shopping centre operators in Russia seem to have a better idea how to keep men interested in visiting, eh?


Moscow Winter Sky

Orthodox_church Winter began today in Moscow. I went out with just a sweater for warmth and was given many disbelieving stares by well-wrapped-up Muscovites. By the time I had walked a mile or so, I realised they were right. This is a picture of the nearest church to my home, silhouetted against a cold sky at 1730 today.