Reporter: And you're an adventurous person, Jimmy. You are only 25, but you have been to lots of different countries.
Jimmy: Not too many. I've been to eight countries, if Ukraine counts.
Reporter: It certainly does. And what are the other seven?
Jimmy: I started with France twelve years ago.
Reporter: You started from the top, yeah? How did it happen? Did you go there as a tourist?
Jimmy: Not exactly, thought we enjoyed sightseeing a lot. Actually, I went there as a participant of the International Youth Math Contest. I was invited as I had achieved a good result at the national level, at the contest in Moscow.
Reporter: Did Paris impress you?
Jimmy: It certainly did. I still remember the stunning view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, and... there were lots of flowerbeds — amazing!
Reporter: And have you ever experienced the feeling that some people call cultural shock?
Jimmy: Yeah, it was in China! It's an amazing country. I was there a couple of years ago.
Reporter: As a tourist?
Jimmy: No, it was a business trip about some joint construction project. It was the first meeting with our Chinese partners, so we worried a lot. We prepared the business plan very thoroughly and expected that they would ask us lots of questions. But they didn't. They did not even seem, to be very much interested in the project. They offered us tea, and talked about families and various cultural issues. They were ready to talk about anything but not the business. We were very disappointed with the meeting.
Jimmy: So was it a failure?
Reporter: No, it wasn't. The problem was in our cultural unawareness — we misinterpreted their behaviour. The thing is that Chinese people need to know their business partners very well, and that family-style talk was an essential part in their business process.
Jimmy: Does the story have a happy ending?
Reporter: Yes. We have worked together for half a year already. They are very reliable partners.