What is the foundation of cities? What is the difference between two cities? I’ve traveled a lot, both in Europe and Russia and I think that every city has its own specific features. It is known that Paris is a city of love and Saint Petersburg is a capital of Russian culture. And now comes the question: what’s so special about Tomsk?? Why it is so high-priced for me?
Answering this question, I have to enlighten a bit where I’m from. I was born in Bristol, south-westward Great Britain, in a city beautiful and old, but nothing special. Last year, when I was looking for a place to go overseas for a year (it’s a part of my Bachelor degree), I had a variety of cities to go – Moscow, Samara, St. Petersburg etc. But I chose Tomsk.
When I arrived people always asked me the same questions: what’s your name? Where are you from? And why did you choose Tomsk? Despite the level of my Russian that time, I was able to answer the two first questions: “I’m Pit. I’m from Great Britain”. But I couldn’t answer the last question even in English. Probably I was in search for new experience, Tomsk differs of Bristol (especially in winter) and it was interesting for me to go somewhere.
And that’s not to deny that I was pleased with all the new things I experienced every day: Russian bath, drive by “marshrootka” (route vehicle), buckwheat, okroshka and fennel everywhere. I know that all these things are usual for you, but for me this experience was absolutely new.
As time went on I get accustomed to the thing that Russian bath is just a good way to rest, Russian cuisine is tasty, and not that strange I found it at first. And marshrootka is… a marsrootka. And during my adventures in Russia I met and made friends with a lot of new people and I must confess that I was really lucky because they are the most interesting people; kind and good. Even the most usual things pleased me by virtue of the people I dealt with. There are a lot of good people all over the world, but I’ve never met such a huge amount of them, even in Bristol.
At the end of the year I had to return home before my trip to Moscow to take part in a traineeship. You can’t even imagine how I missed my Tomsk friends – we are in touch but it’s different. I was afraid that I will not be able to return because of my studies, expenses of such a tour and political problems.
But I was working, scraped a few pounds and returned here, only for a month, up to my examinations in October. It was really expansive and complicated to organize, but I would do everything for my friends in Tomsk.
And here is my answer – aren’t the people is the foundation of every city? City doesn’t exist without inhabitants. There are no such sights as in Moscow, no such places as in Saint Petersburg, but Tomsk is the place where the best people live.