"The country of my birth" Russia by GyuriFT
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The 2014 VT Euromeet in St. Peterburg was a good opportunity to see the country of my birth. My parents moved to Hungary in 1969 and I did not visit Russia since 1986. Strangely, most people consider me being neither American nor Hungarian... but Russian. Probably because I kept the language or for some other reasons I do not know.
Despite being a train promoter on the VT I decided to visit Russia by car this time, driving through Ukraine and Belarus.
I probably wouldn't do that if not many VT-ers canceling their travel plans due a baseless scare about the "safety" in Russia or due their political beliefs (it is 2014, the year of Crimea becoming part of Russia and Ukrainian crisis).
So there was I... with American passport... In Russia. "I am American" was not written on my forehead (in the fact everyone did address me in Russian everywhere) - but take a look at my car. Unlike me, the car had everything on it's forehead and it's back, included the mandatory "USA" country oval.
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