Note: People are different and have different views, just in case you’ve read this and completely disagree, its ok… this is just a scoop from some friends’ life… this time I want to blog “as is” with out judging or special comments.
After my first post on Russian language I got really interesting feedback from friend of mine from St. Petersburg. I asked permission if I could use his feedback in my blog. So I am going to paste the message in Russian but also will translate it into English.
If you are wondering why do I do this? Mostly because people often ask me: “How people are doing in my home country?”. It is a hard question for me first of all because I haven’t visited St. Petersburg for about 5.5 years, and also because I know from my social network that some people are travelling a lot to expensive resorts, but some are hardly connect dot to dot between pay days.
Also I have difficulties to answer this question: “Did you have a cultural shock when you moved to Canada?
I am always say: Only just its a new place, and another tune of language in the air!”
Well, this message is from my co worker a school teacher and a great person. He is in his 60s and still working hard. He and his wife are extremely positive people. Even though, life was not always piece of pie for them they never give up and always keep up with all possible cultural, travelling and sport activities:
Tranls: So Immigration.
“I would like to start from a weird statement: “We’ve been Europeans for a long time already”
How come we are Europeans? (you may get surprised, after resent cooling down of political relationship, blaming and economical sanctions).
So called “middle class” “rolled” (translation from slang), “rolled” Europe from end to end and… NOT been impressed. These days people look realistically on the situation, not through pink glasses. Yes, there is some brain leak (Economist Guriev left Russia). There is immigration from Asia such countries as Tudgikistan these immigrants swipe the streets and do cleaning in our city.
These days there is no major immigration from Russia. Our life has adjusted a little bit.
The stairs in the buildings became cleaner.
The whole city changes almost daily for the better.
Book fair on Moyka at Mykhailovskiy Castle – Why? What for? Just recently there was one in Manezh. And that one was very crowded. It seems people started to read more again.
There is no lack of museums in Piter (Short form from St Petersburg): The State Hermitage got more space for its exibitions in General Staff Building, 4 floors: 3rd floor “Ampir”, 4nd floor “Impressionists” “Postimpressionists”, and “Pointillists”, and much more space to exhibit collections from storages.
My wife and I spent there five hours in September, and could spent more and more…
Everything changes: buildings, its interiors and POEPLE. Yes, may be not so fast, not everywhere but in public transit there are less fights between passengers. I pick up my granddaughter twice a week at a “rush hour” and only couple times we weren’t offered a seat.
My wife teaches extra curriculum Math classes at the prestigious private school in downtown and she says her students, whose parents do business internationally, are very polite, modest and responsible, one of the girls studies in London.
It seems people do not discuss the idea of immigration from Russia. New generation of “new Russians” are not those “gangs” for 90s any more.
Some of my friends friend even came back and built his own house close to Peterhof.
After I finish this letter I am heading on to basketball game in the newly built Sibur arena which is up to European standards.
In 90s a lot of our friends immigrated to different countries, most of them succeed, few of them not.
So should they wait? Everyone made their choice and no regrets.
I started with a statement that we are Europeans! It is true because Europe helped us to modify and get rid of a lot of illusions. More over Europe get use to us and misses us in many ways. After Dollar and Euro exchange rate has increased a lot of Finnish boarder towns had to wrap up their industry, sales and lay off their employees.
People in Czech Republic, where we’ve been in September, feel sorry for the whole situation and hope that situation will change soon. Italy is overcoming some depression now because beaches used to be crowded with Russian tourists, even in their boutiques sale guys spoke Russian. We teach world to speak Russian. Even though, European politicians showed their back to our Natural recourse. It just politicians. Common people talk about different things and hope for the better.
As for us, me and my wife discussed in spring which visa we should apply for Finnish (1 year) or Pribalic (3 years). … But our Petersburg’s Europe is not worse” (and even better…)
Quote: ” Итак, иммиграция.