Tonight a friend and I drove along the red bricks of Red Square to the Starlite Diner, a "American Diner" in the heart of city. There we joined hundreds of other Americans to watch this:
There's something incredibly special about participating in the election of the President of the United States from overseas. Somehow living outside of your country gives you a sharper appreciation of what makes it so special.
Knowing that none of my expat friends from other countries (except Singapore) are required to pay taxes to their homelands also magnifies being American... It makes you ask, "Just what IS so special about being American that you are required to pay taxes as if you lived there? How is your money spent? What does it do for the country? What does being American mean for you as a citizen at large in the world?"
Look how packed the restaurant was! There were film crews from Russian and international television and newspapers; I was so careful while eating my dinner to not look unsightly since there was almost always a camera pointed at us!
Just a note: Please don't leave any negative comments... I'm just not interested in having a liberal/conservative debate on my blog. My husband and I are on opposite sides of the political spectrum and we peacefully disagree. No need to heat it all up here! And truthfully, Republican or Democrat -- there's a wonderful sense of patriotism when we Americans in Moscow come together on national holidays... The 4th of July bash here is one of the largest in the world outside of the USA with THOUSANDS in attendance.