This essay recounts the author’s 1987 Cold War-era adventure in the Soviet Union as a young geography student participating in Dr. William Dando’s instructor-led Soviet regional geography course at the University of North Dakota. Focused on historical military geography, the trip included visits to Moscow and Leningrad as well as the port of Murmansk above the Arctic Circle on the Kola Peninsula. The trip’s influence on the author’s career as well as his own field course teaching are discussed.

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