An Unexpected Statue

1512472156447Last week I went to Nizhnij Novgorod for a training course for the EVS project (training which involved several volunteers, where we discussed various issues relating to the project and the volunteer’s integration in the society of the host Country from many points of view).

Coming back from “hot” Nizhnij Novgorod, I found myself again in Krasnoyarsk with an average temperature of -26°. It’s not the only surprise. On the contrary, should not even be. “Federica, you’re in Siberia. What do you expect?”

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Cultural Differences: Italy VS Russia

ImmagineIt has been more than three months that I live in Krasnoyarsk and, in the past time, I have been twice in St. Petersburg and once in Moscow. Take what follows as a personal observation, due to a variety of trips and daily life spent in the greatest Country in the world.

The first question they asked me when arrived in Krasnoyarsk: have you felt any kind of cultural shock? My answer, in general, is no. Maybe because I already lived in Russia, I know the traditions, and I know exactly what to expect and what NOT to expect. However, which are the more tangible differences?

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One week, two international projects

21104213_1553631924725347_945146544_oFor a week at the beginning of August, Krasnoyarsk was filled with new faces, new ideas and different languages, as Interra hosted two groups of young people from Germany, Bulgaria and Finland. We organised two different projects – PhotoСинтез, a project for school students about photography, art, history and culture, and an International Summer School for German and Russian students, focused on business, social enterprise and the work of NGOs. Continue reading

My first months in Krasnoyarsk

20046654_10213787890837895_4035055133037305410_nIt is two months I am in Krasnoyarsk, and I am enjoying the city, people and my work so much!

At the beginning of July, I have been with my host Aygul and her family to dacha. That was a great experience! For those who do not know, dacha is not a simple country house. Russian people go there both to escape the city, both to work. The culture of dachas is a kind of compensation to a city dweller for the cramped living conditions… There, in the embrace of nature, people enjoy fishing, swimming, picking mushrooms and growing their own vegetables. That was great for me, because I experienced a real Russian way to live and spent a weekend in a particular way. Continue reading

Siberia, here I am! 

13920857_10210473819548184_7670395924289235877_nHello everyone!

My name is Federica and I am the new EVS volunteer. I am from Valenza Po, a small town in Piedmont, in the North of Italy. Valenza is an international goldsmith centre, specialized in jewellery production, cradle of the secular handcraft tradition

I studied Foreign Languages at the University of Pavia, a town in Lombardy, not so far from Milan. I am specialized in English, French and Russian. 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

How to see an Italian film doubled in Russian arriving half an hour late?

kinograf_1Friday. Night has already fallen. The film (8.5 by Fellini) starts at 8 pm. It’s 8.30 pm. I’m on a street, in search of the cinema Kinograf, 153, Proletarian Street. We are in Russia! No cinema on the horizon. It’s cold. Everything is fine. Not a cat. Anyway, in my opinion, a cat would not help me finding where 8.5 by Fellini is broadcasted. I do not know why, cats are not fans of Fellini. I have often had occasion to notice it. Continue reading

An Estonian volunteer Krismar has arrived..

zcl44k7bwwgTere! ( in Estonia hello) My name is Krismar ( not Christmas, as my international friends call me). I am an Estonian volunteer who arrived in Krasnoyarsk as a volunteer. To be honest, it was not very easy to explain to my parents and friends that why on Earth will Estonian go to Siberia as a volunteer! It was a challenge and I managed. Now I am here. I really like the river Yennisei, fresh air and amazing parks. Continue reading