Live, Laugh, Learn – An American in Russia
Привет! Меня зовут Бенжамин.
Hello! My name is Benjamin – and I am studying Russian at Liden & Denz in Saint Petersburg. I will be here for the next 3 months learning Russian and writing blog posts. I am excited to be here, particularly for the opportunity to explore such a historic and old (for an American) city.
I am from the state of Washington (NOT the capitol) in the northwestern part of the USA. I enjoy playing baseball and rugby, hiking, and reading books. Washington has a wide array of different geographies; there is a high desert, the Pacific Ocean, two mountain ranges, and even a rainforest! It is a beautiful place.
I started learning Russian due to a chance meeting with a woman from Siberia who happened to live in my apartment complex. We began talking and she became my first tutor. I took this opportunity to learn Russian because of my dream to become an astronaut (or cosmonaut), like Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong. The magic of flight and the cosmos has always captivated my imagination, and it is my wish to become a part of the few people who have journeyed to space.
After studying Russian for the last 6 months, I came to Saint Petersburg to speak, think, and live how Russians speak, think, and live. I am excited about the opportunity to increase my knowledge of Russia and to learn firsthand about a culture as diverse and deep as Russian culture.
I hope you will follow me along my journey of learning and blogging.
До свидания! – Until next time!
P.S. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people [Americans] need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
This post was written by Benjamin Bladow, currently studying at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg.