Why does no one want to talk politics..?

It seems like no one wants to talk politics here. Okay, not no one, but, often, if I try to instigate a conversation that involves politics, or make a comment deploring the current rise of the right-wing across the Western world, people will proactively suggest “let’s not talk about politics”. When figuring out which topics appeal to my tutees, a reply that I have had on more than one occasion is “anything but politics”, as they crinkle their noses at this, a most dull and uninspiring subject. Continue reading “Why does no one want to talk politics..?”

Second First Impressions

Being here in Rostov-on-Don is both totally new and extremely familiar at the same time. Since I have already spent time in Russia, there are many aspects of life and culture here that I don’t find so surprising this time around. Compared to my Spanish colleagues, for whom this experience is their first time in Russia, our ‘first impressions’ somewhat differ. I already feel used to life here, and think the city is pretty great so far, but my comparison is Tver, not the West. It’s interesting to compare my own impressions of the city with those of other foreigners, and reminds me of my initial reservations and culture shock I had 3 years ago. Continue reading “Second First Impressions”