This 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
Every volunteer needs his/her box of soul. Being away, coping with culture stress, distances, harsh Siberian winter – all this leads to moments, where one feels lost, down and out. Continue reading
It 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.
Last 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
I remember my dear coordinator telling me that I should never cross the Russian border with an expired visa. To be honest, I never intentionally thought of doing that. So after all night of sweating and fever, 5 hour flight from Krasnoyarsk (where Criminal – Yuri was snoring next to me, saliva dripping on my shoulder, but I did not mind, because he was a gentleman, and switched on the light, when I started to read); 3 hour bus ride from Piter, it was my turn to get my passport checked. Continue reading
Once I went to Opera here. I hated it. Why do they have to scream like that? Why is it so dramatic? Why is it so long? Even worse, I was publicly humiliated by my company. Second time I went to see Opera film. Free tickets, so I will not risk anything, I thought. Continue reading
I have already finished the half of my EVS period. Time has flown and I can reflect on the pros and cons of my stay here. I rather not get into details but analyze the general pictures. So without further ado what has EVS brought me so far?
- Connecting with my writing again
Probably the one reason I always felt something was missing in my life in Estonia, was the fact that I was not writing. It has been always my passion and love. Thanks to Interra, we are asked regularly to write a blog about our adventures in Siberia. Continue reading
Even though I have not done that much, I really love going to schools to speak about EVS and our country. My 2017 resolution will be: promote more EVS in schools. ( I know Russians are not really into that kind of resolutions) However – last year – we did go a few times to universities and gymnasiums. I also have randomly wandered in some of them. There are some weird things I have noticed. Continue reading
I wanted to start my second part of my EVS with more going out of my comfort zone. Me and my local friend planned to go for Sambo training – that is martial arts developed in Russia. Sadly he could not go, so I had to find another place. I told about my interest to my Tajikistan friend Murat, who had been doing ji-jiutsu and boxing from the early age. One day he invited me to join the training. Continue reading
When one arrives towards half of the European voluntary service, the time has come to reflect on his project and to make a small assessment of what one lives in the country. At the end of November, I was flying towards Rostov Veliki (Rostov the Great) to follow the mid-term training. Continue reading