By: Fabiana Sarkis
During the last week of term, seven members of the History IB HL class went to Russia, a country whose history constitutes a big part of the IB syllabus. Having learnt only 100 years from a total of 150, we were able to see the places where historic events took place, as well as marvel at the amazing architecture.
We visited both Moscow and St. Petersburg, the two central cities of Russia, where the Soviet influence was strong. We had a guide in each city, Natasha and Maria, who had a completely different approach both to their jobs and politics. It was interesting to talk to them about what Russia was, and what it is like today under the current president.
Even though it was technically summer in Russia, the weather was as cold as Brazilian winter. And the food in Russia is mainly strogonoff, a plate they served in the majority of the restaurants.
The trip was an unique experience, and we had the best time. The fact that there is only a limited amount of people who speak english in Russia made communication with locals harder, but soon we learnt some key phrases which helped us along the way.