The party was in a northern suburb of Moscow; I had to take the metro and then a bus to get back to my Russian Mom's place in the southern part of this giant metropolis. Once I got to the bus stop on the last part of my journey home, I could only remember one bus number that FOR SURE would get me home, although I knew that there were other buses and trolleys going that way. I just didn't know the correct ones to take. This was before the time of easy information on cell phones kiddos. Bus after bus kept coming but never the correct one. I started to feel panicked because it was getting close to 1AM when the buses would stop. This was still the Soviet Union and I wasn't in the main center of the city. It's not like there were taxis driving around. No Uber then either. And there were no cell phones that I could use to call my Russian family for help. FINALLY the bus came and I was one of a handful of people on the bus. It was super dark and I because I had vodka flowing through my veins, I didn't notice that I'd passed my bus stop. I figured, fine, I'll just make a loop and eventually come back to my stop again. Except the bus was on the last run of the night. I found myself in a giant building full of buses (I guess where they sleep for the night) and the bus driver told me to get off.
I should mention here that my Russian language skills at this point were really, really poor. But I knew that money could do the talking for me. I told the guy, "I'll give you 200 rubles to take me home". It was the equivalent of a month's salary. For me, with the favorable exchange rate for dollars, it was like less than ten bucks. The driver asked me for my address, which I didn't know. I knew the street name, Golubinskaya, but not the building number. However, I did remember that the bus stop was next to a playground that had a bunch of white statues. So I told him, "The stop where the white statues are" and thankfully he knew what I was talking about. I pulled up Google maps and that playground has been improved but it looks like a couple of the statues are still there: