The Cold War -- during which my father served in the Foreign Service -- had its share of characters, and none more colorful than Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
Before our cruise ship arrived at the port of St. Petersburg in 2017, Russia had been in the American headlines for months. That wasn't unusual: its predecessor, the Soviet Union, made headlines all the time during my father's Foreign Service career promoting American democracy to stem the tide of Communism. The Russians were the Bad…
he contrast between what had been part of the USSR and what was still Russia could not have been greater when my husband and I visited Tallin, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia one day apart during our 2017 Baltic Sea cruise.