sidebar: Back in the 80's I photographing for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs (still do); the women's basketball team for the Soviet Union had a nice young lady from Lithuania. As I was the announcer for their games as well, I got permission from the "coaches" to sit with the team and find the proper pronunciation of their names. The Lithuanian player translated, with the "coaches" watching her every move.
After the team left for home, one of the medical staff gave me a bag with all sorts of souvenirs from Lithuania. I was told that the player liked me, but couldn't show it or give me anything while the authorities were near....which was always. She gave the things to me through the doctor.
Although I was touched by her act, I thought of how horrible communism was. I saw the East-West German border a few years earlier and thought that was horrible as well. But when I am reminded of Lithuania, I think of this story and smile.
I was apolitical but very self reliant at that time.
I asked when we were going to break for lunch and a person
said “We eat a big breakfast and do not stop for lunch
until we leave the college.
To me that was no big deal but at noon the next day, the
Dean gave me a guided tour of some class rooms and the
students were eating fried chicken.