Boarding a public bus in Irkutz, Siberia, a passenger, our guide’s teacher, recognizing him, moved toward us in an impromptu greeting.

“Oh! They speak English!” the teacher grandly announced to the entire bus. Passengers cheered and clapped. “Oh please speak English to us! We want to practice!” the college-age students chanted.

Janice Law is a columnist for The Daily News. Have a travel question? Email judgejanicelaw@yahoo.com.

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