Mark Andrews (’09) on travel and study in Russia

Northern Cliffs of Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal (Photo: Mark Andrews)

Mark Andrews, ’09 – spent summer ’08 working at a camp outside Moscow.

“Russia has really been one big wonderful surprise. I had this image of Moscow as a big industrial and very stark city and the people as more standoffish and cold. Both preconceptions were completely false. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the city is, and how warm and fun the people are. …I have never felt more welcome anywhere in my life. The campers and counselors at the camp are all fascinated with me and my culture. I fell like a movie star with everyone saying hi to me (even yelling across the dining room just to say in english ‘how are you’).”