Special scholarship for alumni of EnjoyRussian language school to learn Russian free in 2018
We are glad to announce the winner of our long term Scholarship contest specially for Enjoy Russian school alumni alumni who gets 2-weeks tuition in a group for free in 2018 – Claudia Magnapera from Italy!
The candidate should have written an essay “One day of my life in Petrozavodsk” about the best memories, any funny or special moments, feelings about the staying and learning in Petrozavodsk with EnjoyRussian.
Here is the essay of Claudia:
One day of my life in Petrozavodsk
Are you able to keep a secret? You know why I’m asking this?, because I’m going to tell one of them, so before going further with reading, please ask yourself if you can.
Adventures in Petrozavodsk have been daily, from the very first moment I met the Russian driver of the bus that would have took me from Helsinki to my host family. Aw, but, you would say, why do you consider this an adventure? Of course, you’re right, I haven’t said that my knowledge of the Russian language was zero! Consequently, it will be hard for me to forget those 12 hours trip silently listening to Radio Sputnik. I was in a vortex for which at a certain point I believed I could understand that and I’m pretty sure I heard the announce of a Andrea Bocelli’s concert that will be held in Moscow. Then when we finally arrived, I had the most restoring welcome I could even imagine: I dropped off the tiny bus and my future host Tania run to me and hugged me, like it wasn’t the first time we met, but like I was coming back. Or, for instance, when I tried to explain to the police woman that in my bag there was delicious homemade food while there was a quick checking for the 9 of May celebration. She laughed a lot! And, lastly, when, by the luckiest luck I ever had, I met the dear Polina in one of the two huge railway stations in Saint-Petersburg. Do you believe that I would have been lost without meeting her!
Now that I started telling you briefly something that has happened, I feel more confident to tell you my secret. Yes, my adventurous month has been unconventional. In the time I spent there, my Russian mama – how I feel to call her – and me have been exploring together so many different nature spots next to the lake Onega, like the stunning one next to the botanical garden or the part looking like a sea shore or where there were fishermen. Here comes the point of my story. Tell me, have you ever felt yourself owner of a big boat for a hour and a half like us? Basically, there was this big blue ship anchored to a port on a side of the lake. The weather was pleasant at the end of the month – also snow in spring was a news for me – and as a fine explorers we felt we couldn’t stop there, we should dare. My host, she is an enterprising woman, asked me: “what about jumping on the boat?”. Me, I like to temporize… Nonetheless I was finally convinced to go. So her tall figure jumped like a cat on the boat (of course with no walking bridge) and my little bit shorter figure took some more time to stretch the legs to get on that. At the moment, I had this question in my mind and I asked her: “What do we say if somebody finds us up here?” and she replied: “We will tell them you are Italian and you’ve never seen a boat!”. Fair enough, the plan was looking well constructed and we started to wander around. Went up, went down, walked around, sat on the highest point we could reach. We were like two captains with no crew… Easy to manage, that’s what I say.
Being captain was easy on that boat but time to get off that boat came and with it the difficulties started. Exactly as we jumped on, my host jumped out of the boat. It was my suggestion, so that I could catch the technique! My turn came and I did what nobody should ever, I repeat ever do: I watched down and I saw stones and dark water and a huge jump to be made by two short legs. My fear blocked me half way, with one feet inside and one outside until fear won and I put both my foot on the safe ground of the boat. We had to find a solution, evaluate the options: becoming a sailor was one or that my way was not jumping the bar from above, but passing with my body in between of the two bars. After sighing to take time, I put myself there and guess what? I got funnily stuck in that position. The boat caught me! As a reaction we started laughing so loud, but so loud we couldn’t stop and we were also crying for that. I was almost believing that I would have staid there from that moment on, after all I would have travelled like those mermaids on the front part of the boat.
I’m here writing this, so you can guess we somehow came out of that embarrassing situation. Mh, but wait a minute… What if I’m writing from the boat?
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Why our alumni come back to EnjoyRussian language school:
- Studying in the small group of 2-6 people guarantees the fast progress in learning Russian.
- Our high qualified, creative, and experienced teachers hold exciting classes where the students get a chance to practice language not only in the classrooms, but also in real-life situation: in cafés, shops, at the post office.
- Warm care, delicious national food, and long conversations in Russian – that’s what you get in the Russian hostfamilies. They are people, who can answer your questions about Russia and with whom you spend relaxing evenings, share your impressions about your day. It is your second home where you always want to come back.
- Cultural activities is the perfect introduction to Russian culture and history. We organise long-term excursions on the weekends and afternoon activities every day such as watching films in Russian, workshops, discussions and others.
- Support of Russian Volunteers. Our volunteers are people of different ages who help you to discover Petrozavodsk and solve such everyday problems as buying tickets or doing shopping.