First Drink

I had Alexey get me some vodka, Russian-style. I told him I wanted like the natives, and had him select and order one for me. Wow, the others who've been here weren't kidding when they said Russian vodka is good, it makes the American stuff taste like kerosene in comparison. I had a shot of it, with a cucumber to bite afterwards (yes, more cucumbers, though these were pickled or marinated or somesuch). I've got to say, it's quite good, though I'm not a big drinker. Apparently, the brand was Russian Standard Platinum, which Alexey says is quite good, and I'm inclined to agree. No, I will not bring you home a bottle, so don't even ask. I've already filled my quota. :)