September 8th, 2013

Moscow—the City of Dreams?

В День города мы предложили англичанину Крису О'Коннору, задумавшемуся над переездом в Москву, посоветоваться прежде с экспатриантами из разных стран, которые знают столицу не первый год. В рамках проекта Иноблоги был сделан русский перевод, а в этой записи вы можете насладиться оригиналом.

Chris O'Connor

As a 24 year old Brit, most people my age would go on wild party holidays in Thailand, all inclusive beach holidays in the Mediterranean or even just a city break to Paris, Barcelona or Rome. I, on the other hand, wanted to visit every country in Europe before the age of 25. Crazy goal, I know, but there was method behind the madness, apart from visiting 50 countries in 5 short years - finding a new place to live in the future.

So my first choice for a new place to move to, is the mighty Moscow. 'Why?', many ask me. But there are multiple reasons for choosing here over say, Berlin or Budapest. First, I've already been here 3 times so it definitely intrigues me a lot, especially as this is the home to some of the finest arts in the world like the Bolshoi Ballet and various orchestras. It also houses some of the most iconic structures globally, such as Red Square, as well as being an excellent place to make a career for oneself. Not to mention the tasty, filling cuisine and hospitable character of its people.

But with such a drastically different (and difficult) language and script, completely different working hours, huge population, a dizzying transport network and many other little things my fellow Brits would see as rude, a culture shock, or even just plain weird, is Moscow really the place for me? I asked several long term expats based in Moscow for their views on the city, to get a foreign inside view and see if this really is the place for me to be.

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Hardie Duncan
San Francisco, USA
Managing Director VICE Media; President Disce Pati
6 years in Russia

Hardie Duncan

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Jorge Garcia
Peru
Architect
First time in Moscow in 2005, the next time in May 2013

Jorge Garcia

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Julie Thevenet
France
Works at French Ambassy
First time in 2000 for 3 years, then in 2013 for 2 months in Moscow

Julie Thevenet

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Shahar Waiser
Born in Moscow, grew up in Israel from the age of 16, then spent 7 years in Silicon Valley California, and now back again to Russia.
Founder of GetTaxi and Vigoda.ru
All my childhood from 0 to 16 and then again from the age of 30th (last 8 years) I lived in Moscow.

Shahar Waiser

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Peter Prabhu
Canada
Managing Partner of Interstice Consulting, Head of the Russian branch
More than 9 years (prior to Moscow, I've lived in New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambridge UK, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa)

Peter Prabhu

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Хнефатафл: шахматы последних варваров Европы



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Хнефатафл: шахматы последних варваров Европы



…С севера, юга, запада, востока, отовсюду, куда ни глянь, наступают враги. Конунг со своими людьми окружен со всех сторон. Встреть он любой из окруживших его четырех отрядов в чистом поле, один на один, сомнений в том, кто выйдет из битвы победителем, не оставалось бы ни малейших. У конунга было численное преимущество. Кроме того, воин без главы, каким бы славным викингом он не был, никогда не выиграет битву у воина, направляемого мудрым полководцем. Такую встречу в чистом поле даже битвой назвать было бы нельзя, это была бы настоящая бойня.

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