Despite the jet lag, there was excitement in the air for the new arrivals from Texas – and quite a few volunteer organizations on hand to tell them how they can help out in their new community.
“I left each place with fascination – and bewilderment.”
Taking a closer look at the state of Pennsylvania reveals a lot about the political geography of the United States.
“My sudden love affair with Aitmatov nearly made me flunk my German exam in tenth grade. ‘Heroes of Our Everyday Socialist Life’ was to be the topic of our written compositions. I wrote an essay about Aitmatov’s novel The Place of the Skull. [My German teacher] managed to save me from flunking. But Aitmatov saved me even more. I never again thought in clichés about Russians and the many other peoples in the gigantic empire that was soon to crumble.”