Where should I learn Russian and travel to in Russia/Central Asia, etc
July 16, 2009 9:47 PM Subscribe
studying russian abroad/traveling in russia and central asia/general planning help/etc
posted by saraindc to travel & transportation around Russian Federation (12 answers total)
Hi everyone! I have just finished a very introductory level course in Russian, and am leaving in the beginning of August to go to Russia for four weeks. The first three weeks are open-ended, I was thinking I would study Russian in classes for 2 weeks, travel with a Russian friend of mine for a week (maybe to Uzbekistan?) and then finish with a fourth week at work (my company has an office in moscow, so I'm working there to extend my stay a bit longer).
But my original plan- to study at MGU for 2 weeks- is falling through because apparently I can only start classes on the 10th. Maybe this can change if I take private one-on-one classes, which are still relatively affordable. So I could try to pull this off- or I could travel with my friend for two weeks, do God knows what the third week (none of the programs I know about do shorter courses than two weeks so I don't think a one week course here would be an option), and then work the fourth week.
lodging concern in moscow is money. I can't afford a hotel in Moscow for a whole month, probably even a week would be painful. If I do a two-week course then a host family would be fun and affordable. If I travel for two weeks, it'll be affordable probably because I want to go to more remote areas so hotels will be cheaper.
So I'd like to know what you think of what I should do. Do you know any other Russian programs I should consider? I'm mostly interested in Moscow, although i have fantasies of being somewhere in Central Asia. if I just travel for two weeks, then i will still be learning because the friend I'm traveling with is a Russian teacher and so he will be helpful I'm sure. I don't know if traveling with him for two weeks is a bad idea because I don't want any awkwardness between us considering he's a guy and I'm a girl- I want to respect any potential feelings he may have for me- and I also don't want to put myself in an overly compromising situation.
And where do you think we should travel? We thought about Daghestan because that's where he's from but I'm not so sure given it might give him the wrong idea if I meet his family, and also Daghestan is the neighbor of Chechnya and I don't know how safe that makes it. Also I'd like to go to Uzbekistan.
Please give any and all advice on any of these matters. Thank you thank you thank you!