Coming from a small Caribbean island, travelling to Estonia is definitely a dream come true. This is the first time I’ve been in a country other than the United States, and the farthest I’ve ever been from home, too. But this is home now, or at least for the next couple of weeks. I am very grateful for having the opportunity of meeting new and great people, experiencing first-hand a foreign culture, and being so warmly received. Now, let’s talk little bit about Narva.

Narva has a population of about 66 thousand people, from which almost 90% accounts for the majority – Russians. This is perfect since this is the main reason of our visit: to study, practice, and keep falling in love with the Russian language, but by doing it many things can happen. For example, not because a word appears in the dictionary means that, if you use it, people will understand you, as it has happened to me before. The best way to get around is to ask which is the most common way of asking for something, and after messing it up once, you won’t forget it… EVER! Being afraid of using your Russian, irregardless of your level, will prevent you from enjoying the language, and its perks, to the fullest. I am definitely very pleased with all the opportunities I’ve experienced so far, and when I leave, a part of me will stay here in Narva, a place called home.

– Alvaro Laham



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