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I moved to Moscow in June 2018. I decided that it was time for me to try something a bit different and move to a place that I knew very little about. For me, this is one of the most exciting things that one can do. I have this feeling that Moscow and Russia as a whole are shrouded in mystery to the western world. I needed to come and see the colorful onion domes of beautiful Orthodox churches, famous streets and avenues, the skyscrapers that contrast with the multitude of parks and other green spaces in the heart of the city and to meet the wonderful people that make this country such a unique. I have not been disappointed !
I am from a small town in West Virginia, USA, and I studied French and Russian at university. I'm vegetarian, LGBTQ+ friendly, enjoy practicing calligraphy, doing hair and learning languages in my free-time. Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in a day ! I studied abroad in France, and after I finished my Bachelor's, I went back to France to teach English. After that incredible year, I went back to the US to get my Master's. Fast forward to two years later, I decided that I needed something quite different, so Russia was the obvious choice for me. I have been teaching English here since 2018, and this city still amazes me. Even if I just go grab a bite with friends, I never get tired of seeing everything that Moscow has to offer. I feel like I finally understand what people mean when they talk about the "Russian soul" a bit better. In my opinion, I have learned a lot about myself being here and have changed my perspectives on several ideas or beliefs that I had before coming.
In Moscow, I am constantly impressed with how the city contrasts and contradicts itself. It is so modern, yet so traditional / old-fashioned in some aspects for lack of a better word. I love people's appreciation for the arts and literature here, public transportation makes getting around relatively easy, you can always find something new even if you've been to the same place 100 times, the bustle is great, and this is a country/city of extremes from people, to places, weather, etc. just to name a few. Moreover, people seem to think that to be Russian is to be grumpy or unfriendly to anyone and everyone. One thing that is vital to traveling in Russia, in my opinion, is that Russians are the most hospitable and genuine people. When you forge a friendship with people here and really get to know them, you need to work for it, and you know that it is real; this friendship means something. I love knowing that I can ask a friend here for anything (or vice-versa) and can count on them.
We are all very different people and have different experiences and outlooks on life. I would like to show 'my' city to those who are looking to discover it in a way that leaves you feeling like you, too, are a part of life here, not only a tourist. Of course, I want to show you my favorite places and things that will interest you, but I want to do so in a way that you don't feel overwhelmed by information overload. I hope to learn from you and your perspectives as well. This shouldn't be a one-way street, so to speak. This should be an equal exchange. I am really excited to see and learn about Moscow through showing it to others. I remember what it was like for me when I first moved here with a permanent smile on my face and my friend telling me to stop. I hope to show you all of the various aspects of this city that you didn't know existed so you can also share these impressions, from great restaurants, to wonderful places, the people and so much more.