Everywhere I go, every news I read, all shout loud that Russia is horrible. Every (ok, almost every) foreigner I talk to thinks that Russia is a huge village without any traces of civilization, where people live in extremely horrible conditions, grumpy and angry on everyone and always offended on life in general. Internet is full of negative things, and especially there is a lot of negativity about Russia, too. Maybe it’s always been like this, and I just did not pay attention to it. But now, being in the Netherlands, I wonder what is happening in the country and sometimes I check the news, especially now, during that interesting and eventful period of crisis, sanctions and really serious cold war against the whole world. And each time I look at the news, every time I read the comments like “I’m sorry, but you live in Russia,” I feel very, very sad.
Is it really all that bad?! Do you really think that there is nothing good left in Russia?! No! I will never believe it! So I decided to google. And you know, I haven’t found any single article, which would list all the positive, all the good things about Russia. Not a single one! To improve my mood and to realize that everything is not that bad, I had to rummage out dozens of different sites to find some small, tiny pieces positive info from comparison of Russia with other countries or from articles about “how bad Europe is”. Of course, here were general articles where there were advantages and disadvantages of being in Russia, but still, on every 2 pros there were 20 cons. As a result, instead of finding some light of hope and happiness, I absorbed all this horridness and went to bed feeling really bad. So now I want to take the case again and write a warm and bright post about all the positive and good things we have in our country. Russia is awesome, people! Don’t believe mass media, don’t believe foreign politicians, don’t believe people who have never been to any Russian city! And please, don’t offend our amazing country.