When we lived in Russia back in the mid 90's Russia was in the midst of dramatic change. Everything was changing, politics, money, world concepts, people ... everything! We got to see a nation in the midst of transformation. It wasn’t easy for them either. When they changed their currency it (from our perspective) was so sudden that people went to bed with lots of money only to wake up with nothing. Imagine if you woke up this morning and were told that the $100 bill you have in your mattress is now only worth a dollar. That’s not an exaggeration. The politics were changing, too, at least on paper. Those who were communists were still communists, but they changed their name to capitalists. Another big change was their concept of the world. Throughout the cold war Russians had been given a dismal picture of the rest of the world, especially the Western world. Everything, as far as they knew, was chaotic and impoverished while Russians lived on a very high standard. When the world opened up to them they were amazed at how the rest of the world really was. Watching people change during that time was an amazing thing.