Postcard from Russia

When I asked my friend Enrico to tell me about his travels, maybe the time he went to Japan or Russia, he had no doubt about which one to choose. Enrico visited Russia first as a students and a few years later, in 2014, he moved there for a few month. He has so many good memories of this country, but his favourite place was the Red Square in Moscow.

Read here what he told me about his experience in Russia (Scroll down for original text in Italian).

“Even though Japan is beautiful, Russia and, above all Moscow, have a whole different meaning to me, more intimate, for a lot of reasons.

Although I already had amazing memories of Russia from the time spent there as a student/tourist a few years earlier, living there for a few months made me fall in love with the country even more. I have seen it changing over the years, becoming a western metropolis, so far from that soviet soul that still tries to resist under its skin.

And this is exactly the sensation that the Red Square gives me – I remember I saw it for the first time at sunrise and it was empty. The walls of the Kremlin and Saint Basil, despite being popular touristic destinations, still keep the soul and authenticity of Russia, a mix between soviet and sacred values.”

As I loved the original text he sent me in Italian, I decided to include it below:

“Per quanto il Giappone sia bello, la Russia e soprattutto Mosca hanno tutto un altro valore per me, più intimo per un sacco di motivi. Aver vissuto lì per qualche mese me l’ha fatta amare anche di più rispetto a una già importante impressione avuta da turista/studente  qualche anno prima. Nel corso degli anni l’ho vista cambiare, diventare una metropoli occidentale, lontana dall’anima sovietica che comunque cerca di resistere sotto pelle. Ecco, questa è la sensazione che mi trasmette la Piazza Rossa che ricordo aver visto per la prima volta all’alba, deserta. Le mura del Cremlino e San Basilio, per quanto meta turistica per eccellenza, mantengono secondo me quell’anima antica della Russia, tra il sovietico e il sacro ortodosso, due valori che il popolo ha interiorizzato per la sua storia e che tramandano una tradizione e un senso di appartenenza popolari trasmessi tramite quella imponenza, quella forza muscolare, quella suggestione che da sempre la Russia ha cercato di vantare come orgoglio e che rivive nella piazza.”

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