I popped into a cafe around 10am in the center of Kursk for a meeting. It was empty except for one other customer. I ordered a standard-sized Americano, but when Alyona returned, she brought me a large Americano. Maybe they simply made a mistake, but she seemed to imply they did it on purpose. Perhaps because I was a foreigner? Many Russians will take an extra step (or add a bit more coffee) to make a good impression on foreigners and I haven't sensed that this trait has changed among the average Russian person since sanctions were imposed. I later asked Alyona about herself. She said she enjoys drawing/painting and may want to teach that skill someday. I asked if there were other artists in the family and she responded that her dad plays Jazz.