Russia through the eyes of foreigners: Expectations vs. Reality

Often it happens that reputation that has this or that city, is well founded. Few doubt that the favelas of Rio - not the safest place on earth or Berlin - the center of youth culture world-wide. Sometimes, however, and I want to look at his native country through the eyes of people who got there first, who was able to see such things in Russia that we are in turmoil days ceased to notice.

In this collection you will find a few small stories about what foreigners expect from one or another Russian city, and they found out there really.

Russia through the eyes of foreigners: Expectations vs. Reality

Moscow

Russia through the eyes of foreigners: Expectations vs. Reality

Kenneth Aaron, 21 United States, will soon - English teacher in Vladimir.

Before

I always imagined Moscow as troubled version of New York City. I thought that here employed business affairs scurrying about their business, bold policies control the development of folk culture, and roam the streets of crooks crowd.

After

I was amazed at the beauty surrounding me, regardless of whether it was a monument to Yuri Gagarin and picturesque avenues in the area of ​​Pure Ponds. In addition, people in Moscow were quite kind and helpful, especially in the subway.

Novosibirsk

Russia through the eyes of foreigners: Expectations vs. Reality

Gerry Beyer, 46, USA, writer, analyst and director of New Directions Study Abroad.

Before

I arrived in Siberia by train in January. First I've heard something about Novosibirsk, but decided to see for the city. Frankly, I was expecting to see a rather dull, very Soviet city with unfriendly people and the freezing cold. After

It is worth saying that it was really cold. Yet the city itself, and the people seemed to me charming. I visited the beautiful cathedral, the museum of history of the West-Siberian railway and a small art gallery. But most of all I liked the ice town on the Ob river, where several ice slides were installed. Imagine a picture: American adult cheerfully rolls with ice slides with small children in the freezing cold. It is difficult to come up with something better.

Nizhniy Novgorod

Russia through the eyes of foreigners: Expectations vs. Reality

Yerko Vershoor, 37, Netherlands, Director Director Nuffic Neso Russia.

Before

When I read that in Soviet times was called Gorky Nizhny Novgorod was a closed city. The more I did not know anything about him, except that the city stands on the Volga River, and it is a beautiful citadel.

After

I was seriously impressed - thanks in part to good weather - the old part of the city, although it was evident that many of the fine old wooden buildings in need of renovation. But the people were very kind to me, and this, I believe the most important thing.

Vladivostok

Russia through the eyes of foreigners: Expectations vs. Reality

Jonathan Bleysdell, 26, United States, Analyst.

Before

All my knowledge about Vladivostok consisted of neyacnyh facts gleaned from GTA IV PC game.

After

Vladivostok certainly not forgotten frontier in the wilderness. It is above all a charming place of intersection of the plurality of Asian cultures. Well, where else can you dine in the North Korean restaurant, sip sake aboard an old Soviet submarine and enjoy breathtaking views, riding the anti-aircraft cannon in an old fortress? In Vladivostok, this can be done.

St. Petersburg

Russia through the eyes of foreigners: Expectations vs. Reality

Rendien Leyshon, 29, USA, journalist and administrator at Johns Hopkins University.

Before

Volunteer organization, participating in events where I had to spend the summer, suddenly changed the destination, so that the country of white nights and the Cyrillic alphabet, I went without knowing anything about it.

After

St. Petersburg so captivated me that in the end it was over the fact that I spent several summer vacations in their teenage years, working in the city. Secluded nooks and architectural masterpieces only fueled my obsession with this beautiful city. City, often called the gateway to Europe, it has become a window to the rest of my life.