Здравствуйте дорогие друзья! Hello, dear friends.
It's been a while since we published. I'm sorry we're not literate in Russian. Russian readers seem to be good with English, since we have so many as of late. In July, about 15% of our total readership was from Russia. Nine other countries comprised our readership list; but none of them had nearly as many readers.
Last summer, some long-time readers and Facebook friends Igor Rezun and Olga Gavva published some of our posts on Russian websites; it was a honor and a privilege. Olga is a ballet dancer as well as the owner of a ballet company, so it seems natural she'd go barefoot a lot-but keep in mind that she, as well as Igor (who is best known professionally as an author) goes barefoot on the snow in Moscow in winter; we need not say more about winter temperatures in Moscow.
Perhaps our Russian readers migth comment about why some Russians seem so into barefooting. The blog Understand Russia talks about taking shoes off in the house-a custom that exists in many cultures, and gives some advice to travelers. But we're still not sure where interest in barefooting begins or ends. Shoes from Soviet times were of course uncomfortable and nevertheless hard to come by, so going barefoot when it was warm helped save one's shoes. Now that Russians are becoming more affluent in the post-communist era, they may take a different approach.
Who knows? Perhaps our Russian readers do....