Archive for September, 2010

Office life in big cities

Monday, September 13th, 2010

In large cities like Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Novosibirsk and some others exceeding 1 mln inhabitants a lot of people every day go to their offices.

Normally, the working day at the office starts at 8, 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning. The working day is 8 hours + 1 hour for going out for dinner. So, those who start at 8 can leave office at 17.00, those who start at 9 o’clock – usually leave for home at 18.00, and those who arrive at office at 10 can only leave it at 19.00.

As for me, I usually start at 10 o’clock and leave at 19.00, sometimes, if I miss my dinner I leave earlier. I am very lucky to work in a office building that is only 2 minutes away from the nearest metro (subway) station – I do not spend my time in traffic jams which became a very usual thing for Saint-Petersburg.

The First of September

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The First of September is a great day in Russia for children, schoolchildren, students and also school teachers and college/university professors. The new school year starts on this day: small children (3 to 6 years old) go to the kindergartens , children and teenagers of 7-16 years old go to school, students (16-23) start their new year at the Universities and colleges.

The other name of the 1st of September is the Knowledge Day. This day is a big holiday for the children who come to school for the first time. All schools prepare special celebratory assembly on this date. One of the special ceremonies is the First Bell – when a first grade girl or boy is lifted on the shoulders of the grade male pupil and they make a huge circle for everyone could see and hear this first bell of the school year.

September 1st has a kind of cultural status in Russia. Somehow everyone celebrates it – almost in every Russian family there are children or students. All chilren on this day go to school or college with a bunch of flowers and all of them are very nicely dressed. The bunch of flowers is normally given to the most loved teacher.

In some families a small celebration takes place – the members of the families usually congratulate the kids with the First of September and sometimes even give them some special presents, though it is not obligatory.