A decade or so ago, I took a year off to live and work in Russia. The destination was a city by the name of Chita located in Siberia- the “City of Exiles.”
I have to admit the year spent in Russia was a great adventure. I am often asked to describe the city, which is difficult. A friend recently sent me a promotional video for Chita, which you can see below. The video is heavy on the “promotion” since you will notice a lack of winter footage, but it is a video of the city nonetheless. Enjoy!
I get a number of questions regarding Russia and the trip, so let me answer them quickly.
1. Do Russians really drink as much vodka as advertised?
A. No. They drink MORE. I pickled my liver. Seriously.
2. How cold did it get in winter?
A. It got down to -10 to -20 degree Celsius in my area.
3. Strangest thing I discovered.
A. How high the temperatures would rise. When I arrived in the summer, it was regularly in the 90s. Not exactly parka weather.
4. Did I marry a Russian?
A. No. Very close, but no.
5. The worst part of the trip?
A. I spent a day picking potatoes by hand. Worst…job…ever.
You will have to wait to read the book I am going to write about the trip someday to get further information!