On the very first day of 21st Century, 1.Jan 2001. I was in the small village called Listbyanka, near Baikal lake. I had no acquaintance there and of course, I don't speak any Russian.
The temperature was minus 25-degree or lower. Dog were barking in every house, with their paw lifting because of the glacial air. I was invited to a small house by a old man and his grand daughter. On the first day of 21st Century, we could believe this era is going to be better than the last one. Dog was barking, I was just a innocent believer.