Andrea Libshner: “Russia will always be in my heart”

Andrea Libshner: “Russia will always be in my heart”
12.08.2013

Senior lecturer in the Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication of NArFU Andrea Libshner was born in a small town Saarbrücken in Western Germany. It is located between Luxembourg and France; therefore Andrea grew up in cross-cultural environment. This influenced the choice of future profession – Andrea is a teacher of languages. She has been teaching German in NArFU for five years. But this summer the contract ended, and now Andrea is going to leave Arkhangelsk and Russia.

- Tell us how did you end up in Russia? And why did you decide to live and to work in Arkhangelsk?

- I like to learn foreign languages. At the moment I can speak five languages. In 1998 I started to learn Russian. I found it very attractive, so I studied thoroughly. I first came to Russia in 2000; I was in the city of Rostov-on-Don, held Russian language courses there. Russia was a little different at that time than it is today, but the impressions were bright and positive. Peter the Great opened the window to Europe, and I opened my own window to Russia.

Later I discovered an opportunity to work in this country. German Academic Exchange Service required teachers, I applied for a job in Russia and I got it. I chose Arkhangelsk, because it was a strange place for me; it was interesting to find out how people live so far away from the capital, in the north. Today, I think that this was the right choice, because people in here are very nice.

- Was it hard to adjust to life in Arkhangelsk?

- I was received warmly in here. Everyone was friendly. I’d like to say a big thanks to Elena Kostenevich, the Head of Department of German in the Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication. She always supported me, and together we carried out many projects and became very good friends. My colleagues created a very comfortable atmosphere for work. The students also received me well. Compared with German students, Russians are calmer, but not less interested in the subject. I was also warmly received in the Dobrolyubov library, and we became good friends with the library staff. I spent a lot of time there. German-French room is homely for me.

- What interesting events happened during these five years of your life?

- There were a lot of things, life in here was intense. I was involved in many activities. For example, I photographed. I often traveled to Russian cities and took pictures of nature; the results of my trips were several exhibitions. I also played the guitar, was engaged in Latin American dance and participated in the chorus of “Art-League” in Pedagogical College. I read Russian books. I love such writers as Akunin, Bunin and some modern ones. I also like the Russian cinema. I love the classical and modern movies. For example, I enjoyed the movie “Legend №17”.

- What are your future plans? Will you return to Russia?

- I’m going to the city of Glasgow in Scotland. I will work in the Goethe Institute. I will teach a foreign language and continue to learn Russian in the graduate school. Perhaps I will hold a photo exhibition and show people the beauty of the North that I like so much. Russia will always be in my heart, it has become my second homeland. So I will definitely return to the country. Moreover I have many friends in Arkhangelsk, so I will come to visit them.

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