Interview – Jessie Cumming

Hello guys! Today we will speak with a proven traveller, experienced expat and very kind person – Jessie Cumming. But these are not her only virtues. This girl from Tasmania is the coordinator of Auski, a group for Australians and New Zealanders living in Moscow and is one of the organisators of the ‘Cold Plunge for the Homeless’ which will take place once again on the 4th of February, 2012 in Moscow. Check out http://www.gdaymoscow.com (the site is under construction now though). So you understand – i was really excited before talk with such a great person so let’s go!

Realmoscow: How have you decided to move to Moscow?

Jessie: I decided to move to Moscow because I wanted a new cultural experience, a challenge, and an adventure.

Realmoscow: And How do you find this city for life after all you’ve experienced?

Jessie: I LOVE Moscow!! I travel frequently and have worked and studied in quite a few countries (Bahrain, USA, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Switzerland, Austria, Greece), but I find Moscow to be one of the most exciting and unique places to live. You never know what’s going to happen to you when you leave the house. I’ve had the most incredible experiences here. My eyelashes and hair have frozen white during the winter, i’ve had Russian strangers give me presents, hug me and help me on the metro, and it’s impossible to count the number of times I have asked Russians for directions only to find that they escort me all the way to my destination.

Cold Plunge 2010

I like walking along slippery city paths in the winter and feeling my heart skip a beat when I slip a bit, then recover my balance a few seconds before i’m about to tumble, then look up and see someone with a twinkle in their eye and a knowing look. I like eating Russian pancakes for breakfast and pink soup for lunch. The grandness of some of the metro stations still amazes me! Most of the time I even find the pushing and shoving when you’re getting on a train, bus, or at the airport, quite entertaining and a novelty, as it doesn’t happen where i’m from (Tasmania).

I really do love it here!! I suppose a lot of the above could happen anywhere in Russia, perhaps it’s just the ‘Moscow vibe’ that I love. The only thing I really find hard to cope with in Moscow is seeing all of the homeless people begging outside, especially during the freezing cold winter months (it breaks my heart)…and the traffic! I suppose you can find these in any large city though!

Realmoscow: What is your favourite place to eat and to go out?

Jessie: I don’t really have an all time favourite restaurant or place to go out. I like to check out new places all the time. In saying that, I do enjoy Cafe Pushkin for breakfast with friends – a good eggs benedict, porridge or pancakes with berries is a great way to start the day!

Realmoscow: Which places in Russia do you like besides Moscow?

Jessie: Of course St Petersburg! I have visited Samara many times and love the city – the contrast between the old wooden buildings and new high rises is something special. The roads are so wild too, it’s not so good for the locals, but as a visitor I find them intriguing. I also like Suzdal and Yaroslavl. There are loads of great places to visit outside of Moscow. I’d really like to see Lake Baikal…actually, I have a long list of places I’d like to visit.

Realmoscow: How long do you plan to stay with us in this city?)

Jessie: I have been in Moscow for 2.5 years and will most likely stay for seven more months. I’ll be very sad to leave this beautiful city and all of the new friends i’ve made here. I’m sure to be be back though, even if it’s just for a short visit!!

I was really impressed by this person! We had very nice convesration and i would like to thank you Jessie and wish you good luck!

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