Culture Cafe: Russia
Hello everyone! Did you miss us? We are back and happy to announce a new season of our Culture Cafés. As a tradition, we opened it with Culture Café dedicated to our motherland, beloved Russia. We couldn’t miss an opportunity to introduce our charming country and tell you some interesting facts you probably hadn’t heard before. Let’s refresh our memory and recollect the brightest moments from that September cozy evening.
How much do you know about Russia? That was our first question to test knowledge and most did quite well! Some facts were extremely surprising, like the shortest distance between Russia and USA. Some of them were common for listeners, for example, our pure and kind soul, we aren’t so cold and grim!
Certainly, we taught you some useful Russian phrases to make your life here easier and much more comfortable. Now you know, if someone in public transport, especially metro, asks you “Vy vykhodite?”, this means the next station is his/her stop and you need to change places with this one, of course, if it’s not your station yet. We can’t live without tongue-twisters, so do you, right? That mission seemed impossible, but you successfully complete it! Now you can easily impress anybody telling tongue-twister about Karl and Klara!!!
After dealing with language barriers, we moved to brief history talk. As you know, our history is very long, very rich, and full of significant events, which had big influence on the world history. So we decided to mention milestones, starting from Kievan Rus’ ending with present-day Russian Federation.
The the most irreplaceable and entertaining time of our Culture Café is immersing into culture. Integral part of Russia’s culture - the beliefs. Nowadays it’s hard to find a person who isn’t superstitious at all, even people who think that it’s weird to follow beliefs have one to believe in it. Our quiz was tricky and not obvious because easy life is not for us! And life wouldn’t be so interesting without art, so Russian art represents life with classical music by famous composers, like Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff. In addition, Russian theatre is also worldwide known thanks to Anton Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavski. Of course, that’s the smallest part of one big and various Russian culture, but we tried to make you interested in it and feel enthusiastic about it.
And the last stop! Traveling around Russia and discovering our hometowns. You know that a lot of ESN HSE Moscow members aren’t originally from Moscow, we present different cities from all over our vast country. If you want to feel sea vibes and sunbathe then you should definitely visit Krasnodar region, amazing weather for the whole year, especially in summer. If you’re tired of constant rain and grey sky, this place is for you, use opportunity to relax and try famous Russian resorts. The next destination was Mari El Republic, place where you can find Kremlin looking the same as Moscow one (but be careful, don’t mix them up, they aren’t exactly the same). Yoshkar-Ola is the capital city of the Mari El Republic, place with impressive and beautiful architecture. We moved further to Cheboksary, small and clean city with plenty of green trees and plants. If you are a language lover then there is a riddle for you: read this word - Shupashkar. It’s name of Cheboksary on Chuvash language. And last, but not the least, - Siberian city Omsk. After this Culture Café we understood how boring our life is because all the craziest stories are about to take place in Omsk. Moreover, you can feel real Siberian winter there, don’t be afraid, it’s not so harsh and frightening!
It was brief description of our first Culture Café of this study year, we want thank everyone for coming and sharing all the brightest moments together. It’s a big pleasure for us to introduce our motherland, we hope you liked our journey and got impressed to explore something new. We are opened to any your ideas of virtual traveling, so feel free to suggest and help us, help everybody to make world closer than we think it is.
Looking forward to seeing you on our next Culture Café!
Text: Svetlana Dzhafarova