After Olga, we took a year off from hosting, and then Asya became our second exchange daughter. Asya’s home town is Moscow, Russian Federation and she was an exchange student in the United States for the 1998-1999 school year. Asya came to the United States as part of the Freedom Support Act, now known as the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program.
Asya grew up in the center of Moscow. When I write center, I mean the very center…when she looked out of her kitchen window she could see Ivan’s Bell Tower in the Moscow Kremlin. She is still living in Moscow, but now has a little girl, Sophia, who is our first “exchange grand-daughter.”
The Novodevichy Convent is one of my favorite spots in Moscow. Asya is standing in front of the quarters of Eudoxia Lopukhina, Peter the Great’s first wife. In this building, Lopukhina spent the last years of her life. Asya is notorious for avoiding photographs, so I snapped this photo while she wasn’t paying attention.