I’m at our family dacha now, outside the small village of Kizlukha, in Altai Krai, Russia. We have decided to build a new banya here with some additional living space, in preparation for spending more time and longer periods outside of the city. The peacefulness of the countryside surrounds me as I write. The sights and sounds of pending collapse are a distant echo here by the forest edge, overlooking the Ob River. I am lending a hand with some of the work on the banya (digging dirt), while preparing for a five-week journey back to the heart of what DA calls ‘the Beast’… America!
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