As the Russian changed the lives of Austrians

Roman Magadan. From personal archive

As the Russian changed the lives of Austrians

Technical Inspector Roman was in Russia in the 1990s, and it is no wonder that his first impression of the country was terrible. But now it is practically lives here, visited the remote corners of Siberia and the Far East, and nothing does not regret.

First visit to Russia plunged me into shock! Just imagine: Moscow in 1994, a time of change, the service at the airport disgusting, crazy taxi drivers. The room I booked at the hotel was empty and I had to look for another. At that moment I thought that I would never come back to this country!

A completely new life

However, in 2010 the director of the bulldozer LIEBHERR factory, where I now work as a technical inspector service department, asked me to come to Russia to help our local service stations. And ... I did not think twice before you say, "Well, why not? Over 33 years of factory work, I traveled around the world and visit different countries. It is unlikely that there will be worse. "

As the Russian changed the lives of Austrians

In Moscow. From personal archive

Today, I'm sure made the right decision. I came back to Moscow and saw the new Russia. I was impressed to see how it has changed, and how to welcome people accepted me. Now I know that all those clichés about the dangers of living in Russia untrue.

It is difficult to enumerate, where I have been for the last 8 years. I was in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Novy Urengoy, Pechora, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Vladivostok and Magadan, Nakhodka, on Sakhalin and in many, many other places.

As the Russian changed the lives of Austrians

The flight in Nakyn. From personal archive

From small villages to big cities, from the gold mines of Magadan to the Kuzbass coal mines and logging of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in every town and village has its own image. Frozen bay in Vladivostok, a huge mine Mirny, Sochi summer - amazing place.

The Russian are like wolves

Russian men remind me of wolves. If you are in his flock, he will fight for you. But he's always on the alert. In my opinion, today's Russian are very different from the people I've seen before. I lived in Iran, Brazil, the United States, often went on business trips to other countries and thought I knew what a long journey. But the arrival in Russia has changed my way of thinking.

We have to climb to such distant corners where there are no tourists. For example, in the famous for its diamonds Nakyn we arrived by helicopter. But this is not the most memorable occasion. Most of all I remember the walk at -62C! It was so cold that I still morznu just thinking about it.

As the Russian changed the lives of Austrians

Logging. From personal archive

The wildest place of the ones that I remember - this is the felling of 300 or 400 km north of Komsomolsk-on-Amur. There is no road. It seems to me that these people have the hardest job. They live in the woods, where there is nothing, even stores. I do not know how they stand it.

In general, I like the small isolated towns (such as Yakut Neryungri). People living there are content with fewer benefits, but friendly and open. If you stop the car in any wilderness, immediately next stop random driver who asks if everything in your order and if help is needed.

As the Russian changed the lives of Austrians

Komsomolsk-on-Amur. From personal archive

In Austria, I went through a 36-hour courses of the Russian language, I can read and explain a little bit, but my Russian is still very weak. Fortunately, wherever I traveled, always voluntary translator. All my colleagues from different stations are trying to help me. I especially want to thank you for the support service manager Liebherr Denis Ternikova.

And do not forget the vodka

In Russia, I have never missed a European food. Even in Magadan, where we were preparing themselves (in local stores, you can buy everything you need). Denis, who accompanied me on the first trip, he said: "Roman, all you need in Russia - it is a piece of bread with butter and a glass of vodka."

As the Russian changed the lives of Austrians

Magadan. From personal archive

In total, I spend in Russia from 150 to 200 days a year. Good relationships with colleagues help me survive here. I saw a lot of amazing places, met a great number of wonderful people and experienced a lot of fun. You just can not stay the same person after a visit to the largest country.

As the Russian changed the lives of Austrians

With friends on the shores of Sakhalin. From personal archive