Amyil likes the bear bones and oh we also have someone who hunts them..

UnP1000156expected home visits in Siberia are the best. There is something in the trust and hospitality of the Russian people that is not comparable to other nations. So was the story of last weekend, when I randomly become a cossack. My zemlak,  Estonian business man Artur, who has been a big helper in Estonian community in Krasnoyarsk took me to his sister´s teremok. While we drove there, in the radio russian cheesy pop songs were playing  – and we did not mind. Continue reading

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Redefining “Siberia”: A Weekend in Novosibirsk

Ново1This time last year I was working at a summer school in Germany with several international colleagues and students from the USA and different European countries. I remember that as we were getting to know each other at the beginning of the summer, we started throwing a plastic globe around the room and pointing out our homes, universities, dream travel destinations. One friend from America pointed at Russia, made a sweeping gesture across the huge space on the globe and said:

“Did you know, that to the east of Moscow there’s just… nothing?Continue reading

Tango in Siberia

DSCN7178When Argentine sun and Siberian snow meet, the result is great. This spring – yes, yes, we sank in six centimetres of snow when we ventured a bit in nature, but still, it was spring, Natalia taught the tango far from his country of origin, in a village lost in the depths of South Siberia. It is here, in Petropavlovka, that the organization Grüner Grashalm eV. stays and where adventurers from different countries get to know each other, make friends and share moments with the people of the village. In April 2017, the tango was in the spotlight. Continue reading

How To Survive with EVS money in Russia?

 

pybCwf5vZz4It is a fact that you will not be rich with EVS money. However – when it comes to Russia, you can quite easily survive with that money.  Prices are cheap and there is a lot of entertainment you can get for free. After 8 months here, I want to share my financial strategy: how to take most of your Russian experience.

Pro Opera – my most interesting month in Krasnoyarsk.

456Last month we organized  Pro Opera. What an intense 2-week period. Too much worrying for me. Many instances tested my nerves. Too much red wine and cigarettes. Too much arguing in his toilet; maybe too much kisses, while she storms out of the apartment and the bang of the door echoes in the empty corridor. Somewhere is Carmen, somewhere is King Igor, somewhere is Iolante, who are you? Continue reading

French evening: music, poems and funny games

French1If someone had entered Pilot on Sunday 9th April at 19.30 about, he would have seen strange people playing with oranges and cones. Everything was alright, they were just playing a French game named “pétanque” with what they had on hand. The aim is to as close as possible to the “cochonnet” (the little ball) . But Interra’s French evening was not just about playing. You could also hear traditional and more recent French songs, or fly with the French poet Jacques Prévert’s birds while the group “linguistic theatre” were reading his poem. Continue reading

A new volunteer from Scotland!

CampbeltownHello! My name is Emily and I’m the new EVS volunteer for Interra. I arrived in Krasnoyarsk on Sunday and I will live, work and study here for the next six months. I was born in Germany and my family moved to the UK when I was 3 years old. My parents and I live in Scotland in a small town called Campbeltown, and I study Russian, German and Ukrainian at Cambridge University in the south of England. Continue reading