There are certain things you can do only once in your life. For me going to semester exchange to Russia is one of those events. I was sure that, if I don’t come here now — I never will. So, I registered for the exchange program at my home university in Finland. I didn’t know what to expect and what I even could hope for. For some years I have been wondering how it really is on this side of the border. I wanted to feel the Russian culture as it is. St. Petersburg was my first choice, because I had heard it’s a beautiful city with great culture. Which, indeed, is a modest description of the city.
The streets we walk every day are filled with history; we all know this, but begin to ignore it as we slowly get used to our home. When we hear the word "history", our imagination runs away to la-la land and skips the class. Rather than general boring history, I am curious about those "wow elements" around us and ask myself if they are true or simple rumors. In this blog entry, I would like to share some curious facts you might not know — or get wrong — about our historic and awesome city.
How to adapt to the culture smoothly and enjoy the process.
If studying abroad, beginning a new life project in a different country or starting over has always been on your mind, listen up! because if you are already planning to move to a different location, this topic might be useful for you. When you start daydreaming about how things are on the other side of the world, or if you wonder if the grass is greener on the other side, everything seems to be fantastic in your mind, and quickly expectations begin to rise. You imagine yourself walking freely in a new city and having fun with new friends. Things are not always as easy as we imagine them to be, so today I want to share a couple of tips to speed up the process of adaptation and make it less scary.
Have you ever thought about the roots of all the disappointments a man could have? We have all wondered, but the answers commonly given are mostly our excuses; we like passing the buck onto someone else, shielding ourselves from responsibilities.
In this part, I would like to talk a bit about the changes we have in our life and how do we deal with them. Does the nature of a human being stay constant through all of his life or the time and the ambience have an ability to reconstruct the temper, redirect the path the things used to have before? This topic is quite interesting, it isn't a hundred percent clear for me either, so hereby I would write not the states, but the assumptions, proposals and ideas on it.
As I have stated before, I don't care much about the format of my blog. Anyways, I will try to make it somehow related to why I have started it — with living abroad and being on a mobility programme. So below I'm gonna think a little about the choices we make. What rules us while making them and should we probably rebuild our way of reflecting while making a decision.
With these words nearly everything that should be considered as ITMO-related should be started, so that seems like a proper beginning for my kind of diaries here. First, let me introduce myself a bit so you could get some general view of who I am and why do I see the world like this. Hope it would be representative.
I spent the last semester in Estonia — a small dynamically developing country in North Europe, with cold weather like in St. Petersburg, the biggest amount of start-ups per person in the world, some people even call it the "silicon valley of Europe". And it is so technically advanced that you can vote for the president on-line and it is covered with wi-fi almost everywhere, so theoretically you can cast your vote with your mobile phone even if you are outdoors. That’s basically why I chose Estonia.
I have experienced definitely a lot by studying in Germany. I found out many new things about culture, learning process and everyday life of a German student. Furthermore, I lived almost in the heart of the Europe. Therefore, I had an opportunity to travel a lot.