Ok – I didn’t get a T-shirt but I got a certificate:
And today I fly back to the UK after three weeks of fulfilling my mission of immersing myself in the Russian language and culture. It’s been great – from the first tentative steps in a supermarket trying to understand the cashier’s questions to my final night independently navigating my way to the fourteenth floor of a concrete block to have a very Russian dinner with an ITMO teacher and his Russian wife.
The original aim of this blog was to record my journey learning Russian. I didn’t imagine at the start that I would actually take an exam and get an “official piece of paper” and now that I have, I realise it’s not enough and I need more.
This is not the end of the blog, rather the end of the first chapter. However, I won’t be blogging weekly or regularly now as I’d like to take my time building up to the B1 level – First certificate. But I’ll be back.. in this blog and in Russia…
Here are some later stages of this sort of blogging journey:
Read War and Peace in the original and comment on each chapter
( https://medium.com/@BrianEDenton/a-year-of-war-and-peace-cc66540d9619 )
Write a weekly science fiction blog in the style of your favourite Russian author:
( http://www.feeldothink.org/%D1%81-%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%8B%D0%BC-4338-%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BC/ )