I have been watching so much American movies and reading so much American novels that my preconceived idea about Russians is that they were the antagonist. These has always been the grand old tradition by American movies and novels that resulted to my brain’s default that Russians are the nemesis, the traitor, the spy and the infuriated.
All these notions and impressions were completely wiped out from my awareness when I got to step and venture into the Russian soil, Saint Petersburg, that is. Russians from my new appreciation are just quiet, unobtrusive, calm and subdued. They are not the smiling kind like my people or the gregarious like the Americans, there seem to be calmness in their core that makes you be so intrigued on what they are thinking and what they really feel.
I know I just spent more than a week in St. Petersburg for me to totally dissect and explore the Russian psyche. I had a limited exposure but at least my initial unfair idea about the Russians has been totally purged and eradicated. Russia and their people are beautiful. And because of this new understanding of the Russians, I will definitely be back in this fine-looking country.
Here’s a slideshow video of my first day in St. Petersburg, Russia.