Привет! (Privyet!) Hello!
I’m so excited to bring you along on my big Moscow adventure! If you haven’t checked out the about me section on the HC blog page yet:
My name is Emily and I’m a Russian and Sociology double major from Detroit, Michigan. When I’m on campus you can usually find me in ResLife or on my way to my SPUD site at the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project. I’ve been studying Russian at Holy Cross for 2 years and eventually hope to have a career promoting US and humanitarian interests abroad. My favorite food is mac and cheese and my favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Below is a picture of me looking very tired this morning getting ready to go to the airport!
People keep asking me if I’m nervous or excited, and honestly I’m both! When I think about it I’m either so nervous my heart skips a beat, or so excited I have butterflies! One thing is for sure, I couldn’t feel more supported between Holy Cross and my family and friends. I spent the last couple weeks packing (and re-packing and re-re-packing) and saying goodbye to everyone I love.
This post is named after the second James Bond movie, From Russia with Love 1963. Made when the Cold War was in full swing, in the movie, Russia is a blatantly evil place, home to beautiful, exotic women and bad guys. Russia still sometimes has that reputation here, especially as it continues to feature heavily in our national news cycle. I hope through sharing my experiences here I can peel back the curtain a bit on this still mysterious country!
Throughout this blog I’ll try to teach you a few Russian phrases. The first one is an important one!
Я тебя люблю. (Ya teb-ya loo-bloo.) I love you.
Talk soon! Emily