Thanks again to Ilya’s social network! Chris and Ilya arrived in Cheboksary yesterday and were welcomed by Yuri, a dentist. He took them for a meal, and then to meet the local Russian orthodox priest who is French and lives in the monastery. He had heard that Chris speaks French and used to be a choirboy.
After looking at the car, tea was served by one of the nuns – brandy and biscuits! Chris was presented with a copy of the Russian icon of St Christopher, and he and Ilya were blessed by the priest. They are happy to accept help for the journey from any source.
Apologies if you thought you’d heard the last of Chris singing! He sang in the private chapel, quite an honour really.
Yuri showed the team around his surgery, it’s very impressive but couldn’t persuade Chris to have a check-up. He hates going to the dentist…