Welcome to my short essay on my impressions of life teaching in the city of Izhevsk in Russia. It is a land of many extremes, a land of enormous distances and wide open spaces that would dwarf anything one has seen before. A place where one gets a welcome break from the fast-paced, consumerism and fast food mentality of the west and see something much more deep-rooted and steeped in culture and tradition. Here one may see hundreds of people on the street and wonder at how grim and hardy they look and then meet the same people in their homes and wonder at how friendly, fun-loving and sincere they are ?more
On the way. First Encounters. C-c-cold!
In Izhevsk. My Host Family. Russian Food.
Izhevsk as it is. Other Volunteers. Russian vs Drinking.
Volunteers Work. My Students.
Getting Around Izhevsk. Security. Ice Skating.
Visiting City Centre
Acting Like Tourists: Museums, Theatres
People and Their Names. My First Russian Orthodox Church.
Penguins and More?
See also The Personal Website of Seth Judd and the following sections:
www.aquerius.co.uk/izhevsk (small gallery and complete diaries).
www.aquerius.co.uk/pahod (text diaries and photos from first trip
to the ural mountains).
www.aquerius.co.uk/pahod2 (text diaries and photos from second
trip to ural mountains).
http://www.aquerius.co.uk/pahod4 (unfinished galleries of photos from the
third trip - to lake Baikal and Saiyan mountains).
Volunteered: December, 20 2001 - June 2002
Return visit: October, 20 2003 - January, 1 2004