Friday, November 19, 2021

This Englishman is aware of and suggests you the actual Russia!

Luc Jones is noted amongst his compatriots for the means to display precise Russian life. It differs a lot from the way it is proven within the Western media.

"Moscow is the [most] comfy location to reside, but if you want to see the actual Russia, go 50 km outdoor of the metropolis," says 48-yr-old Luc Jones. he is a type of rare foreigners who witnessed how the country changed after the fall of the USA through to nowadays. Luc moved here from the united kingdom within the early 1990s to examine Russian. initially, he changed into inspired by way of curiosity and a desire to see the former closed state. however, the longer he lived right here, the more he loved the country and shortly he grew to be a big trip enthusiast, who went on to visit all 15 former Soviet states and all eighty five Russian areas. 

From HR to video blogging Left: At the Sibur petrochemical plant in Tobolsk, Siberia. Right: With his book called

Left: at the Sibur petrochemical plant in Tobolsk, Siberia. right: together with his publication known as "Why Russians don't smile",

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in reality, Luc is widespread in Russia now not as a traveller: for essentially the most a part of this profession, he become a excellent manager of Antal, and later Fircroft, recruitment agencies and become regularly a guest at business hobbies. He additionally wrote knowledgeable articles about hiring and defined how to promote your self to an supplier. 

in accordance with his big experience, he wrote a book for foreigners who are looking to discover a job in Russia. His e-book Why Russians do not Smile reveals a way to stream here and how to be part of a Russian group. 

remaining summer time, he decided to repeat a visit round Russia and CIS once again like all the way through his student days. 

"I traveled the whole Baikal–Amur Mainline from Bratsk to Tynda by platzkart [the cheapest train ticket available - ed.] closing summer. And ate ramen noodles within the carriage," says Luc. that point, he visited Komi, Salekhard, Khakassia, Tuva and posted some videos. "They grew to be usual and i decided to proceed and make a vlog on YouTube." 

the place's the actual Russia? Left: Ferry on the Ob river, between Labytnangi and Salekhard. Right: Olkhon island, lake Baikal.

Left: Ferry on the Ob river, between Labytnangi and Salekhard. correct: Olkhon island, lake Baikal.

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"The customary concept changed into to make video clips for foreigners as international media are on the whole poor about Russia," says Luc. but now, he has many Russian enthusiasts who ask him to make movies in Russian or as a minimum add some subs. "It turns out that loads of Russians are interested in what foreigners feel about them, which is humorous, as a result of I don't consider we Brits care what any one thinks about us."  

On his channel known as Russia! The wrong way, he shows the now and again not so evident areas to relish as a vacationer. What to do in Kirov, Penza, Izhevsk? He finds vacationer values all over the place. "When i am going somewhere, I ask locals to demonstrate me the metropolis or I meet my former colleagues and pals who live there," he says. 

Luc in 1993 in Moscow and Volgograd.

Luc in 1993 in Moscow and Volgograd.

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"Tourism in the Nineteen Nineties become a nightmare," Luc recalls. these days, most Russian cities have international lodges with high stages of provider, a lot of eating places in every single place and you may order tickets and inns online, so touring has develop into tons greater handy. "I studied Russian in Yaroslavl and [went] lower back there repeatedly. in the 1990s, there changed into nothing to do, however now everything is diverse. There are respectable resorts, outlets and cafes. For me, this is the precise Russia, when the metropolis structure combines the ancient, the Soviet and new styles." 

As he says, traveling is still his leading hobby. "I constantly joke that I don't grow potatoes on a dacha and don't beat carpets on a weekend. but there's a gaggle of foreigners with whom i'm going to a banya on occasion."

the most Russian issues to do Left: The ancient capital of Siberia Tobolsk. Right: The monument to the BAM worker in Tynda.

Left: The historical capital of Siberia Tobolsk. correct: The monument to the BAM worker in Tynda.

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life right here is less demanding in case you understand Russian, primarily within the areas, Luc says. And Russian language doesn't look very difficult to him, except for some letters like "ы" and the 108 or so notice endings. He also speaks very first rate Spanish (which he learned in school), French (his mom is from Canada) and Polish: When the 1998 economic disaster hit Russia, he left for Poland and again in 2002. "Moscow has the entire conveniences of some other large metropolis and you may fly anyplace from there. also, competition is terribly low in Russia and it's easy to win in enterprise," he says. "sometimes, Russians inform me they want to work in Europe and that i all the time answer: 'check the taxes, you'll give away half of your income!'"

then again, foreigners who come to Russia, additionally on occasion have conversation issues: "I suppose the biggest mistake is to consider that Russians have the equal persona as foreigners have and that they may still act like them," he explains. "Russians are more spontaneous, our lives are according to good judgment and pragmatism, whereas Russians are more emotional and that they usually don't plan anything else, as a result of they survived many turbulent periods and planning in the past changed into pointless."

however, one of the most main things Luc basically appreciates about Russians is they do many issues from the soul - ot dushi, as he says. "Western individuals do some thing for a person as a result of this adult helped them during the past or they hope that it can be in the future, however Russians don't expect that the assist will return. and that i feel like I started to be like that, too. not a lot, but still..." Luc concludes with a smile.

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