„I already speak German quite well, but I have the "problem" that everyone speaks English to me"
I am 25 Years old and from Gelendzhik, a city of 54.980 inhabitants in the Krasnodar region of Russia. This city is one of the main Tourist and recreational centers at the Russian Black Sea coast. I have a master in linguistic and I have worked for a Publishing Company (Online Content) for two and a half years. I came to Dresden in Germany for the first time when I was 24 years old. I was particularly impressed by the classical architecture and the picture galleries, especially since to my knowledge Dresden was 90 percent destroyed in World War II. What also caught my attention was the tidiness of the streets. Berlin is kinda different and for me not typical German. I moved here for my second master diploma in international Management. I´m studying at a private University (which is 700,- Euros a month) and because of that I took on a part-time job at a food delivery service. I chose Berlin because - in contrast to London - life here is more relaxed, just as multicultural and possible with significantly lower living costs. After graduating, I would like to work in Germany for a while. For that I have to apply for an 18 month work visa. For non EU residents, the bureaucracy is quite demanding. I was very lucky with my student apartment. To find an apartment as soon as I´m working will be another challenge. I feel very comfortable here and have many friends at the gym, dancing and yoga. Sometimes I struggle with the stereotype that all Russians are rich and live luxurious lives. I occasionally miss my family and my friends back home, the sea and the sun. Then I go to a Russian supermarket and buy typical food. For me, in addition to the beer, the directness of the Berliners is typically German. They say what they think. I like that.