From Bulgaria With Love
It is commonly believed that people from the Balkans are not that different from russians and don't get a hard time adjusting to their culture. Together with a majoring in International Affairs sophomore Beatris Bineva we are about to find out how true that is.
I’m from Bulgaria, my native language is Bulgarian.
I chose HSE because I wanted to study in Russia, in a highly rated university. I’ve been learning Russian for more than 10 years and graduated from high school with excellent results. I love politics and learning about the world, people, culture and languages, and International Affairs provide me of that opportunity.
In 2017, Saint Petersburg. It was wonderful, like a fairy tale, I could feel the spirit of the Russian nation. The weather is cold, but the hospitality is very warm.
No, it isn’t. Both are slavic and share different episodes of the history. The weirdest thing is probably the whole country, it is very controversial. Whether you fall in love or leave. I love everything about Russia.
The one thing similar is people’s attitude towards almost everything in life. I miss the smiles on people’s faces though, haha.
Oh, I don’t really like it. It consists of so much fats - sour cream is like air in Russia. And I can’t understand who invented brewed dough with meat (pelmeni are such a cool, but strange food).
No, it is related to Bulgarian. But in terms of grammar it is totally different, but very logical.
Emphasis on words. I still mix them.
Yes, a lot!
It was the hardest thing in my life. At the beginning I really felt like I wasn’t welcomed. Though I spoke Russian perfectly, it seemed like no one understood what I wanted to ask. I did everything by myself, to be where I am now. It was a very slow process of adjustment. And I literally came without knowing what I was expected to do. I had to investigate every detail I order not get lost.
Yes, I think so. It was very important to speak fluent Russian for me and crucial to fit. I had to learn thinking the way my new Russian colleagues do in order to find the conversation. But still, I think they like me because of me being myself and kind to everyone.
Be patient and persistent!