A Broad Abroad: Emails to the Big Chief (6)

Back in 2007, when I first started this blog, I wrote a series of posts to my mother; electronic postcards based on a trip to Russia, that would hopefully get home much quicker than the real things, they were called Emails to the Big Chief. They went out in the quiet period immediately after Christmas and were seen by very few people. Now, nearly nine years later, I thought they would bear repeating. In part 1, I talked about driving from Moscow to Kostroma, in part 2, the lack of preparations for my visit , in part 3, about the chalet by the lake , in part 4, about food parcels and feeling like a contestant on reality TV and in part 5 about being home alone at night. Now read on… Day 6: The Show Must Go On

As you can imagine, after the excitement of last night, there were long faces, big yawns and very little talk at the breakfast table. But, like the troopers that we are, we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down and started all over again with a new topic – the most important of the course.

I started talking at 09:30 and they finally let me shut up ten hours later!If you’d seen me today, you’d have thought you’d raised a circus performer. At one point, I was juggling with my laptop, the paper copy of the presentation, my script, the microphone and the flip-chart. Last time I was here, all we had were 35mm slides – isn’t technology wonderful?

My experiences in Russia led me to write my debut novel, Gorgito’s Ice Rink, a tale of love, loss and broken promises which was runner up in the 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards. If you would like to read it, you can find links by clicking here.

By Elizabeth Ducie

Elizabeth Ducie was a successful international manufacturing consultant, when she decided to give it all up and start telling lies for a living instead.

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