Why Russia?

Article published on Jan. 17, 2010
Article published on Jan. 17, 2010
Author: Christian Diemer Why Russia? Why go to Russia, why even study in Russia? A dirty, ugly, unfriendly, undemocratic country, an uncivilized, uneducated people. They bump into you, they don’t apologize, they bawl at you – in Russian, they don’t even speak English, who in the world does not speak English?!
They force this ludicrous visa stuff upon you – what the hell do we, travelling freely across all of our borders, have to do with their visa regime?! The one who told me this was a Swiss student who had come to Saint-Petersburg, Russia, a week or two ago, in order to learn Russian at the university’s language center. I, originally German, spent about half a year studying at the city’s music conservatory and also spent some of my summer vacation at the same language center.

That was in July 2009, on a hot summer day, early in the morning on a bus heading for the university, but the sun had risen out of the Baltic sea hours before – we still had the White Nights, and the dazzling days…

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