July 29, 2017

Totally forgot about this journal to be honest.

I went on a short trip to Russia, and I completely lost track of life.

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Russia was amazing. It was a school thing, actually, and team members were selected after papers and interviews because our purpose was to teach and learn. To my understanding, this was a program arranged by ALCoB (APEC Learning Community Builders) and NEFU (North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk State) for the educational sake of both Russian and Korean students. Basically we stayed in the NEFU dormitories and everyday we went to the NEFU buildings to teach Russian students about programming and HOVIS, our cute little green robot.

HOVIS was a real pain in the ass when we were assembling it, but programming it was easy to teach since my two partners were such smarties. We communicated perfectly, and they were so eager to absorb every little detail I could give that I had to spend extra hours in the dorms to prepare for the lessons. I can still see and hear their smiles and laughter.

We were also assigned a team activity, where teams became imaginary companies and had to present a detailed presentation about their product by the end of the week. Our team focused on the field of service, more specifically on smartphone application. I suggested an app which ill users could post about their symptoms, and would be provided with a list of related medicines and comments from licensed doctors. Everyone agreed on proceeding with my idea, and I became our team leader and “CEO”.

My overall stay in Russia was a fantastic mist of blue and yellow. The weather was always super hot and dry, which, didn’t seem to make sense – sure it could be dry, but I mean hot? Russia? HOT? Seriously? One would normally imagine Russia to be snowy to the human height. But as if to tease my stereotype, the temperature was mostly very, very, hot. Due to the heat and the low humidity, mornings were accompanied by forest fires and thick fogs. Other than that the environmental conditions were somewhat similar to those of Korea. The students I met in Russia were hard-core extroverts. I am a socially outgoing person myself, but really, I’ve never met such peppy folks. I enjoyed their company so much and I’m still in contact with some of them.

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It has been over a week since I returned and it’s vacation. It’s a short summer break roughly of about a month or so, but despite that I have a long bucket list to cross out. First up, I’ve got to lose the weight I brought from Russia.

 

11:38 PM

 

 

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