Memorable Moments Abroad in Russia
Blogger: Everest Law
Hello again, people! My last blog post was completed JUST before I went on a "Semester Abroad" program to Russia. (Here's the link to that post). Now that two-thirds of the semester has passed, it seems to be an appropriate time to have another entry up here. It is hard to summarize the whole experience without boring anyone to death, so instead I will present you with a list of memorable moments.
And no - I don't know much about the Winter Olympics. St. Petersburg is hundreds of miles north of Sochi.
1. Traveling across 5 time zones and back ... while remaining in the same country. The first week of April is our "travel week" - basically a late spring break - during which I went from Moscow to Lake Baikal, the largest fresh water reservoir on Earth.
2. Adventuring in the Moscow and St. Petersburg metro. Now that I think of it, it will be really fun (and obnoxious) to take selfies on those 2-minute long escalators.
3. Having some classes conducted entirely in Russian. Having only learned Russian for a year and a half before, this has been, and still remains a challenge. A surmountable challenge which I welcome.
4. Meeting Russians along the way, and to see how nice some of them are underneath their unsmiling demeanor. Life is not easy in this country, and laughter is more often genuine than just being polite. Random fact: look up the word siski (сиськи); this is what young Russians say instead of "cheese".
No world-shaking revelations here. Just that ... with a whole world out there, it will be a pity if one never leaves the community one grows up in, and never challenges the preconceptions one holds towards, say, foreigners. Oxy's financial aid is valid even while abroad, which should make it easier to have the experience as part of the undergrad education!