One thing about our three-day visit to Provideniya and Novoye Chaplino in Eastern Siberia that will forever remain with me will be images of the people who live there. Life in this region is incredibly hard. On the last day we were there, our group was invited to attend a musical presentation that would show many aspects of not only the Eastern Yupik native population, but Russian as well. I can still hear the music in my mind from that almost two-hour show with ethnic song and dance. When we had first sailed into the harbor of Provideniya and saw the vacant and crumbling buildings remaining in the city from Soviet days, stereotype thoughts of  the USSR were in our minds…and they were not altogether pleasant. However when we sailed away, we all had a much better feeling toward the people who live there…and their outward and inner beauty. As for me, I’d return in a minute if I could.

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