"You want to trade?"Context:
I took this photo exactly 6 years ago today. It's in Arbat, a section of Moscow with many shoppes and activities.
I was brought to this store for an appropriate Russian hat for February. Meanwhile the shop owner took an interest in the camera I had around my neck (which took this photo), and asked that question: Want to trade? Hmm... I liked the tchotchkes and historical figurines as well as the interesting cameras.
So, this was an "interesting" time to be in Moscow - the tail end of the Sochi Winter Olympics, with athletes returning home whom I'd see in Central Moscow doing quick sightseeing between flights. I gave some talks to interesting audiences in interesting places, and then.... the newspaper and local news described a warning by Ukraine to "back off" or else, and soldiers in Red Square to keep things calm, and the U.S. ambassador left the embassy, the day I gave a talk there. (No, not because of me! Just some odd timing!)
And that's my anniversary memories of Feb 2020.... and that day 6 years ago in search of a warm(er) hat, suitable for Moscow's cold.These photos were part of a large collection on Google+. Many more mages of Moscow, from street scenes to an art museum, to Red Square and St. Basils Cathedral, now in my own Google-proof collection @ http://www.fenichel.com/moscow