Our names are Ann and Bill and we want to welcome you to this edition of §3 Spotlight on Russia. We are both Year 11 students from Ridgeway Secondary School in Liverpool, England. We are very lucky to be living and studying in Russia this year as part of a student exchange programme.
Spotlight on Russia has invited us to work for the magazine as guest editors. This year we will be travelling across this amazing country and learning as much as we can about Russian culture, geography, environmental issues, free-time activities and much more. We'll share our impressions of life in Russia with you, and we hope you'll tell us more about different aspects of life in your great country!
Please send us your ideas about places we should see and things we should do while we are here. You can contact us by email at [email protected] Remember, teenagers from all over the world read this terrific magazine, so this is a great opportunity to let people know about your country!
We hope you enjoy our articles.
Russia is a huge country so, of course, the way of life can be very different depending on where people live.
A quarter of the population of Russia, about 40 million people, live in villages. Russia's size means village life has hardly changed in centuries and is still very traditional, although quite hard. People's livelihoods depend on crops and livestock. They must work in the fields and tend to their animals. The summer harvest has to last through the winter and often the only way for people to make money is to sell their produce at the market in the nearest town or city. However, the isolation and simplicity that makes viilage life difficult is also what makes it wonderful. There are no factories or traffic, only fresh air, clear streams and beautiful forests.
LIFE ON THE BLACK SEA
The best stretch of coastline in Russia is in the south¬east on the coast of the Black Sea. This is where many Russians go for their summer holidays. It is a densely populated area and the people who live there make their living from the tourists who come for their holidays between May and October. Every house has rooms to rent and the streets and beaches are crowded with people selling all sorts of souvenirs and refreshments. There are also many different types of water sports available.
LIFE IN THE NORTH
In the far north of Russia, conditions are harsh and life is very difficult. This is where you will find large oil fields and mining operations. Big companies attract people to work and live there by giving them high salaries and free housing. Even so, many people leave after a short time because they cannot cope with the freezing cold conditions and temperatures as low as - 50°.
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