Unexpected 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
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.
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
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
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
I had no idea when I came to Siberia that I will start to teach a language. Moreover, I had no idea that I would love it. Now I am seriously thinking of becoming a teacher. I am currently in my home country and thinking of my future. I am 26 years old and done so many normal and weird jobs. It is time for at least some kind of proper job. And teaching, the silent, step-by-step passion is silently crawling in my veins.
You can give me breathtaking views in Stolby. You can give me tasty конфеты from Kraskon. You can give me a great win on Saturday football. You can give me rich Russian dinners or inspiring Russian lessons. You can give me post-card beauty in Krasnoyarsk train station or the moments, when the first snowflakes drop on the windows. You can give me the peaceful walks on the Набережная or challenging Estonian lessons in Karl Marks Library. You can give me true friendship or Russian guy or beauty of local girls.. but! But nothing compares with my joy when I met first time in my life Чебурашка. Continue reading