I am not a travel agency, I am someone who wants to make the life between the countries easier for people: to show you travel hacks I have learnt over the years; to talk about the challenges of immigrants no one talks about; about the realities of international marriages; about the cultures types and how they effect our mindsets….And, the most important, to break the stereotypes and to remove fears from people minds.
I have called my blog “Intercultural life“. Intercultural – means taking place between 2 or more cultures. This is the space where I live now. This is the space where most of immigrants do live. Once you started to travel and especially once you have moved abroad, you can never think the standard way of a person who belongs to your native culture does anymore. But no matter for how long you have lived in a foreign country, you can never think the way most of local people do as well. You will always fit more than one cultural mindsets in your mind. It can be interesting but sometimes it can be extremely exhausting as well. Up to 88% of immigrants are being hit with the phenomenon that is called “immigrants depression”. And mostly it happens because it is something almost no one knows about before moving abroad. There is a lot of things people can’t just know about the cultures of their future countries, even if they have traveled there not once. But, actually, the more you know before you move, the easier and faster you will go through cultural shock (something that poisons the first years of immigration life of many people – it’s actually very important).
This is why I have started this blog. To bring awareness. Mostly I will talk about the cultures of India and Russia, because these are the basic countries of my life for now (I am Russian but married to an Indian, and I do live in India now). This blog can be helpful to people who want to understand the mindsets of both my countries, especially people who are going to go through the same experience as me – moving to India, as they can get prepared to many of nuances of Indian culture before. And, believe me, there is so many of such nuances in India – just when you think you already know everything, country shows it’s different side to you – my opinion about India was changing drastically not once. I am also open for the questions about life in Russia as well and I will tell about Russian culture – I hope it will help to remove some of stereotypes people have about Russia and Russian people due to the lack of information about it in English (but political comments and harassment are prohibited in my blog!). Some of the issues about cultures and their psychology I will raise from a wider perspective as well, because of my ethnographic degree.
In the 21st century, when the borders are as open as never before, when people travel and move abroad a lot, this is something humanity needs to except and seriously think about. People should learn to live with the people of another nations and races peacefully, with open minds, without thinking of them as “different”. Some countries, that have many immigrants already or/and psychology of tolerance, are few steps ahead in this, though, problems do happen there as well. But some countries (India and Russia, both, according to me, can be included in this list) don’t seem to be mentally too much open and prepared to see immigrants as JUST people. People can be open for tourists but still treat immigrants with racism, or just “not like us”, as the result immigrants face: psychological isolation, segregation, assimilation of the new culture except of integration etc. (I will explain what all these phenomenons mean in my posts). And it all just because HISTORICALLY cultures, religions and even our looks were formed differently and we actually didn’t really choose our differences, we just happened to be born and raised in it. Isn’t it crazy to think about from such perspective? While our bodies and psychics work quite the same way, we keep focusing on those small differences, which were mostly created by people themselves….
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To make the website more interactive, I have added:
Vegetarian recipes (Indian, Russian, Continental and more) – you can find it Here;
Vegetarian restaurants, cafes and healthy food shops in Russia with Google maps locations (so it would be easier for Indian people and other vegetarians to find vegetarian food in my country) – you can find it Here;
Sights of Delhi and other cities in India I have explored (tips for visiting famous places, the list of not typical for tourists places to visit in India, with Google maps locations) – you can find it Here;
Upcoming Indian Culture Center events in Moscow – you can find it Here;
Upcoming Russian Culture Center events in Delhi – you can find it Here;
The possibility to find and compare the cheapest air-tickets and hotels around the world (not selling) – you can find it Here;
Featuring of Social Art on related to blog problems – you can find it Here;
And information on modeling in India (little bit off topic but I wanted to share my experiences which can be helpful to upcoming models) – you can find it Here.
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