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The life of an international citizen

One of the hardest things about living a year abroad, at least as an exchange student, is that you get to know people. And then, all too soon, you have to move.

Even if it’s just Chinese girls that you’ve mostly had contact with in your classroom or met as you pass each others in the hallway, leaving is always hard.

International friends

As much as I love travelling, and as much as it’s made me quite restless – sometimes there is nothing I want lesss than staying in one place for the rest of my life – one of the biggest downsides is that I have friends scattered across three continents, some of which I rarely get to see.

This can, of course, also be a positive – it means that there’s always, if not accommodation, then certainly people who are glad to see you wherever you go. But it can also make you blasé, in the worst case scenario. Or, at least, very restless. If you stay somewhere for too long, you get the feeling that there’s people on some part of the globe whom you need to see, and places you need to be.

But as much pride as I take in calling myself an International Citizen, there are still places that take up more space in my heart than others. Right now, Moscow is obviously one of them. I think, for as long as I live, Moscow and St. Petersburg will remain two of my all-time favorite cities, not least because I lived and learned Russian in them for so long.

Hopefully, as I grow older, some of my restlessness will disappear. Until then, my heart will always remain in the last city I fell in love with.

Isaac Cathedral

Today I visited Isaac Cathedral in St. Petersburg and then went to take a sun bath in a park close to my hotel. Here are some pictures:

Mural of Jesus' ressurection.

Mural of Jesus’ ressurection.

Mural of Jesus' burial.

Mural of Jesus’ buriial.

Mural in St. Isaac's cathedral.

Mural in St. Isaac’s cathedral.

Mural of Peter in St. Isaac's cathedral.

Mural of Peter in St. Isaac’s cathedral.

Needless to say, I loved it! 🙂

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Why are you serving Italian food in Russia, Jamie Oliver?

Recently, I’ve started watching John Oliver’s Last Week Tonightand I’d reccommend that you do as well. He’s smart, talks about interesting topics and is also funny at the same time!

The city of Dreams

Currently sitting on a Luxury bus from Tallinn to St. Petersburg.

The Summer School has been an absolute blast, and I’m absolutely convinced that I’ll be returning next year.

If you think that the Summer School is all about learning, I can reveal that the last night included a Choir performance (this part was optional) that saw me on the Estonian national news, followed by five or seven hours of non-stop partying almost until dawn.

Trinity Cathdral, St. Petersburg

The Trinity Cathedral in St. Petersburg

Still, I’m really looking forward to St. Petersburg. I suspect my Russian will increase by 100% there, because almost no one speaks English. We’ll be visiting a bunch of museums, cafés and clubs, and I’m really excited to meet more of the Russian, which I’ve come to love, up close.

Увидимся в Петрие (see you in Petri)!

– Mats