Moscow in two days

So, I leave for Russia in two days. I’m sitting here in my kitchen thinking, this must be the calm before the storm, might as well start a blog.

Firstly, I should explain a little bit of why I chose to go to Russia. Aside from the having a tendency to make friends with Russians and Russian language speakers, Russian is becoming an important language in international affairs, which is an area of interest to me. I also think that picking up a new language is good, simply for life enrichment. For a political junkie such as myself, I’d be lying if I denied that I wasn’t excited to be there during the Prime Ministerial election this coming March.

While it sounds relatively easy to pick up and go to Russia, there is a process. It took lots of planning, which for me began four months ago, after chickening out of going to college. I began to research Russian language schools, and assessed the benefits of them all, i.e. the costs, whether or not they provide visa support (you need a visa to enter the country) and help with finding a place to stay. After being admitted to the school, documents then need to be gathered, including a letter of invitation, an HIV test certificate, a money order, and pictures, in order to submit an application for a visa. It took about a month for the letter of invitation to arrive, and it can take 10 to 14 business days for the HIV test to arrive -hence the need to plan way ahead of time.

I have the visa, the flight is booked, and in two days I depart for Moscow. I will be greeted at the airport and met in my flat by roommates and a representative from the school. I’m definitely looking forward to this new place and culture that awaits me. I also look forward to working hard to do what I am there to do: learn the language.

1 thought on “Moscow in two days

  1. Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures young lady! Better write often or I’ll be dealing with your Mom!!! lol Have fun and be safe!!!!

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