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There is such a difference between reading about something and seeing it. We’ve all read about Russian demographic decline. We all know abstractly that this is a Big Serious Thing. But this morning I saw it firsthand, and now I really get it.
I went for a bike ride in Peterhof Park, on the Gulf of Finland. Leo the Licensed Tour Guide was keeping a watchful eye upon our own demographically-declining tour group, so I was able for a few hours to escape and explore the park on my own.
It’s very big. It’s extraordinarily beautiful. This is one of the longest, sunniest days of the year.
It was empty. No mothers pushing babies in strollers. No young lovers escaping their families to take advantage of the privacy of the trees. No one else riding a bike.
A few very old women–maybe three. Cherry trees, apples trees, landscaped gardens and a handful of pale-pink drunks.
That was it.
Next generation: No more Russia.