Though it’s the middle of summer, the international students are having busy time at PetrSU. Georgina Rimmer, the group leader of the University of Birmingham students, shares impressions of studying and living at Petrozavodsk.
“This is our group’s first time in Russia and a lot has happened already since we arrived here.
The City Day in Petrozavodsk was a very interesting experience for our group from England this year. We sampled traditional Russian food and drink (shashlik and kvas) and watched the band “Bravo” and the fireworks display in the evening. It was especially interesting for us as we don’t celebrate city day in the UK.
We have also had a taste of Karelian culture and history since our arrival. Both our excursion in the Museum of Fine Art and our Master-class in making traditional Karelian dolls were very informative and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
All of our group are also taking part in the Tandem Programme, so everyone is practicing their Russian and meeting new friends.
This weekend will have an excursion to the Kizhi island, which everybody is looking forward to.
We are hoping to explore more of Petrozavodsk in the coming weeks, now the weather is improving. The White Nights are amazing, even if some of us have found it a little difficult to fall asleep because of them.
Even though we’ve only been here for a week and a half so far our time in Petrozavodsk is going quickly. We’re certain that we will not forget our trip here, and that Petrozavodsk will leave a lasting impression on us all!”