Shortly, we got to know each other and we went by bus from the airport. My big luggage was around 34 kg (i know, i was crazy--but it was for the sake of global village and cultural presentation!) so i had trouble to lift it to the bus! From then, i knew that my belongings would be troublesome. After the bus, we had to take metro to Ligovskiy Prospekt, the location of my hostel (apparently, i stayed in Location Hostel -- pun intended) and it was almost all stairs. It was much more worse in the hostel, they only had stairs and we stayed at 5th floor. Welcome to Russia!
I met my project director there and she said i would go to my camp the next day. My camp is Lager Medved, lager means camp and medved means bear. From the beginning, I knew i would be sent there so i was really prepared for it. I was really shocked especially when she told me i would go there by myself! But my Brazilian friends apparently came along with me so there were four of us. The next day, we took elektrichka (regional train) to a small town called Losevo, around 80 km north of the city of St. Petersburg. It was like an authentic Russian experience for me. When we arrived, nobody from the camp showed up. Then, 45 minutes later, the camp director, Leonid, picked us up with Katya, a Russian volunteer. He bought us ice cream :") He kept saying "Sorry, my English is extreme," then we realized it was another form of "Sorry, my English is extremely bad".
|the view from the boat. yes, we need to row the boat to get to the camp! beautiful mother nature!|
|we slept in tents like these|
|with the kids|
We got back to the city after four days. Actually, we supposed to attend a national summer conference but it turned out that they didn't have many spaces for interns! So we were just being tourists everyday and waiting for Olga to come back to St. Petersburg. I thought it would be only 5 days of not working, but then we had no job for three weeks, so we left for Moscow with other EPs.
|me and Luky, my classmate in University in front of Kazansky Cathedral|
|Peterhof! my favorite tourism site in St. Petersburg!|
|in front of St. Basil Cathedral, Moscow!|
I came back to St. Petersburg after spending around 13 days in Moscow. Only one day after I came back, Olga told me that i had to be back to Lager Medved! This time, i was the only girl
|with our infamous camp leader. "You....go...river! very many many water." Extreme English at its best.|
On my last week, I was working at city camp, at last. I was with my Brazilian and Hungarian friends, we were close so it was really cool to work with them. We visited different places everyday and we had terrible lunch, also everyday.
|lit up the heart-shaped lantern~|
on my last weekend, we also had Global Village! I gave presentation about Indonesia and danced Saman! I also let others try my Chilli sauce. it was funny to see their reaction >:)
|After the Global ViIlage|
to all people I met throughout this journey; AIESEC E&G, Lager Medved, Spanish Steps EPs and especially Sunshine EPs, thank you for making July-August 2012 to be my best summer ever. Special thanks to Ramona and Senya for always helping us out and really patient with this crazy Indonesian hehe. YA LYUBYU TEBYA//AKU CINTA KAMU!