May 12, 2015

Today was my first day in Russia, and my first day ever travelling internationally. I took a plane from Tampa, to Washington D.C., to Brussels, and then to Moscow. One of the first things I noticed as the plane descended into Domodedovo airport was how green the area surrounding the city was, and how different the architecture of the homes was. I liked going through the immigration and customs in the airport, and it made me wonder what it’s like for people immigrating to America, since that’s not something I’ve ever had to do.

The weather wasn’t as cool as I expected it to be, but I enjoyed the wind. The bus ride allowed me to take a lot of pictures and some videos too, and I immediately felt that I was already learning the language, just by trying to read the advertisements and store names. From what I can tell, the people in New York drive more crazy than Russians, except for motorcycles.

I loved the architecture of MSU as soon as I got to the dorms. The top of the building has old Soviet symbols and and the inside is so large that it is like a maze. The fact that the two sides of the building mirror each other was confusing at first, but eventually helped to make the building’s layout easier to learn. The dorms have wooden floors which are falling apart, but I like the old-fashioned feel of everything. The only things I didn’t like about the dorms were the lack of curtains and the inappropriate word someone had written on the back of my door. I was quite pleased with the rare gift of having a refrigerator in my room, and decided to get up the next morning to defrost the ice left there by a previous student.

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