June 06, 2016 // posted by Sakina Hakimuddin
Everywhere I went I saw Russian letters leading everywhere. It was different to me because I was always used to reading English everywhere I went in the United States.
We went to the Red Square in Moscow. It was really huge in size and there were bells ringing everywhere. The domes were highly pigmented in colors so that a person could see from far away in distance. As a group we did not go inside the building because it was closed, however, from inside I could see windows and curtains inside.
After a couple of days we went to St. Petersburg through the bullet train. The bullet train was very fast and I did not know it was going over 100 mph. It did not feel it was going through 100mph because I did not feel any movement inside the train at all. When we arrived in St. Petersburg we had the chance to go to the St. Petersburg University. This is where we had the chance to interact with students that went there.
I was surprised that the students there spoke English and along with that they were always open to talk to students. The associate professor talked to our group and showed us some differences between American university and the Russian university, which included the size of the classrooms and the funding of the education among the school for education.
Towards our last day of our trip we went to the Hermitage. This was where we saw paintings of Rembrandt and also Alexander the Great’s apparel that he wore. We saw that it was completely torn apart and was in a rough stage.
Towards our last day we went to St. Petersburg University again for a farewell of the program. This time we asked questions about our observations and the social system in Russia in comparison to the United States.