Russian Portrait: My Landlady in a Russian village

Russian Portrait: My landlady and neighbour in a Russian village

My landlady was called Lyudmila, literally means “being nice to people” in Russian. She voluntarily washed my clothes and sometimes invited me for dinner. Once we had dinner with our neighbour, a Russian family who came to Sochi for holiday. Despite my ignorance to the Russian language, I still felt like being part of the rural community. Lyudmila showed me a picture when she was a kid and she spoke to my translator: “When I was a kid, I heard of a lot of things about China. But you are the first Chinese I met in my life.”


About Brian Yeung

Growing up in Hong Kong, pearl of the orient, I have been exposed to many cultures throughout my upbringing, from Sushi to British Top Talents and Tetris. And yet, after my stay in Europe, Russia and Southeast Asia for study and work, I realise a lot of cultural perception and presentation are just myths and stereotypes. Exploring the real accent of a particular country and its culture becomes my agenda of traveling. I value travel as a way to discover the diversity of life choices. After all, life is just the consequence of our many life choices; the one who is aware of its diversity is the luckiest person alive.

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