Russia is the largest country in the world by a fair margin. It spans two continents, eight time zones, and 194 distinct ethnic groups. There is not real way to understand the true expanse of Russia without journeying to the East. I am fortunate enough to have made the eastward trek twice, and I consider it an absolute must for engine studying Russian.
With RLASP, everyone goes on a week-long trip within Russia called the Regional Field Study, or RFS. This fall, we took the train to the industrial city of Perm, then returned West via river cruise through the cities of Chaykovsky, Yelabuga, Kazan, and Nizhny Novgorod. In addition to the incredible scenery along the way, each of the cities in which we stopped had its own unique character. As much as I love St. Petersburg and Moscow, seeing the lesser-known cities of Russia is in a way even more important for developing an understanding of the country and the people who live here.
Below are just a few of the many, many pictures I took on our Regional Field Study. All of us had an incredible time, and I hope these few snapshots give you an insight as to why!
By: Isabella Chaney
Term: Fall 2017