Like every other “kid”, I was super excited when I found out that I was going to university abroad. But to be honest, once I landed in Russia…okay, not immediately, but like a day later, I wanted to go back home already. The country was “alien” to me. I didn’t know anybody who lived here, didn’t know the language…my excitement went downhill.
To cut the story short, If given another chance today, I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s the best decision I ever made. Yes, it took me a while to appreciate the “foreign land”, but boy have I grown. Mentally, emotionally, physically.
I’ll save more stories about my experiences for another post.
Mamayev Kurgan, situated on the highest hill in the city, is a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942-February 1943), which was one of the bloodiest Second World War battles (The Soviet Union vs Germany). The two armies fought for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) and the battle ended with hard-fought Soviet victory. The USSR lost almost half a million lives in the battle.
I’ve never been much into history and all, but when I took some time to read about the monument, it sparked some kind of curiosity in me and I found myself eager to know more and more about everything else around me. It may be just a back yard to me, but then again…every other tourist destination is always someone else’s back yard. It’s way more interesting to fully explore what’s around you first, so that when you finally get around to taking that expensive trip miles and miles away, you’ll have something to compare it with. 🙂
Always be kind.