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Andrea is from Mexico. She is a journalist, a peace believer and an eager world traveller. She blogs for different online publications, writing on culture, environment, gender and international development. She fell in love with Russia after her travel in summer 2011.

: These were the first words I observed in a green signboard, as soon as I got out of Moscows airport. It was funny as I could not understand a wordwhat did it say there? For me, the very first mystery of this country was Cyrillic. An impressive language, very different from anything I had ever seen, and of course, I could not understand one word. At the same time, I thought it was fascinating, being this one of the factors that made me feel lost in this scenic country.


 

Mark Thomson was born and raised in New York, and worked as a music and language teach in Arizona for 20 years before moving to Sevastopol, Ukraine. He is the co-founder and President of "Russian Accelerator", an online Russian course for English speakers.

Say the word Russia, and youre bound to conjure a string of stereotypical images: A bearskin hat, onion domes, the Hammer & Sickle emblem, bread lines, bare grocery store shelvesand a drunk holding a bottle of vodka. You might even view the Russian people themselves as you do the weather there: Cold, gray, and gloomy.


 

Allison is from California. A few years ago she came to Moscow for her study abroad programme to take classes in Russian language, film, and culture. She stayed in Moscow for four months. Her experience was both exciting and terrifying at times.


Was born in Poland. Lives and works in the UK. Spent 10 days in Russia.

Its a great country with great and rich history. I really like its customs and traditions, all those matreshkas and things like that.


Polish student, lives in Australia, studied Russian history in Moscow for about six months.

I have spent past 5 months in Moscow and I must say i loved it!!!


David has been living in Moscow for 15 years. He first came to Moscow as an intern to get his teaching English as a foreign language license. Since then he traveled to his home town only once. Moscow has become a home to him, he says.


Eva is from Sweden. After graduation from military service where she studied Russian and Serbian languages for 15 months she came to Moscow to work at the radio station. After a year of working and living in Russia she moved to Stockholm to go to law-school, but now she is back in Moscow for two months.


Czech student

I would describe my Russian friends as people who are plain-spoken, enthusiastic and with a special sense of humor.


   
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Julian Dixon wrote:
Hi, I've been to Russia loads of times and am the greatest fan of her people and their wonderful hospitality. In the mid 90's I hitch-hiked from Dublin to Beijing, with a little tent and a sleeping bag - and I can say that every night, with no exceptions, whilst in Russia I was invited by Russian people (and Tatars in Tar-Tar republic) to stay with them at their homes, and met the most wonderful people and still have some great friends there - so thanks to all Russians for being a great balance to the American attitude (not everyone, I'm sure, but oh too many) of being cold and suspicious and ultimately self-centred - and which is spreading throughout the world from there... (I knew two Russian families who spent years harassing the KGB and running risks in Soviet times to get a visa to leave and move to the 'states - one stayed there 2 years and the other 6 months before coming back as they said the people and society we! re just too cold and that made the money worth nothing!). Long live the people of Russia and I hope the goodness has not been lost in the years since the may times I was there from '89 to '95 ish. Mixing kindness with materialism isn't that easy so good luck!
 
Jerry wrote:
Beautiful place, friendly people, which has made deep impression to me.
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