Moving from the U. S. to Russia was the hardest thing I have ever done. Many people asked me why I would take such a risk? Why would I leave a life of comfort for the unknown? A simple reason is: I met a girl. But the bigger answer is that I’ve always wanted to live in an unfamiliar environment. So, what do I think of my decision? I love it!
Did you like living in the U. S.? Yes. The U. S. is a place that offered me the freedom to choose my university, to find a job I enjoy and to provide a life for myself. I also had the opportunity to travel around the world and see that life elsewhere has a kind of allure that you can’t find in the states.
Do you like the winter weather in Novosibirsk? I may be crazy, but I’ve always wanted a winter where it got so cold you can’t feel your toes. Texas is known for its heat and it regularly reaches 45 C throughout the summer and it’s common to experience several days of 50 C for weeks at a time. I was ready for the new temperatures and I got here just in time.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about moving to another country? Study their culture and language before you leave. I am still learning Russian, and it will take some time before I am comfortable, but I am also willing to do what it takes to fit into the culture. It doesn’t mean you have to become someone new, but as the saying goes «When in Rome, live like the Romans», you can’t truly experience life in your new surroundings if you refuse to accept any of their culture.
All in all, this has been a challenging, exciting and wild ride. I’m looking forward to what everyday brings. I hope you are too.