My month in Russia was, honestly, one of the most intense and rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did my Russian communication, especially listening, greatly improve but I was also fortunate enough to make a number of great new friends, including several people from Keele that I didn’t know previously. I’m looking forward to seeing them all again once we’re back together at uni.
From thinking and communicating constantly in Russian for such an extended period of time, to eating Russian food every day, to having the opportunity to see and explore different towns and cities within the country, my appreciation and understanding of Russia, her history and her culture has grown exponentially from my month in the country. It’s only possible to learn so much from books and I’m very grateful to Tver State University, Santander, Lera and the LLU for giving me the opportunity to have an experience that I’ll never forget.