-Are you from Armenia?
-I have been in Yerevan. Beautiful city and very kind people!
-Da, I know!
I speak Russian but I didn’t really enjoy speaking it until recently. I had never been to a Russian-speaking country until visiting Belarus for the European Games. And here it is, the feeling of being cool when I can actually talk to Belarusians in their own language (they have their language – Belarusian, however most people use Russian). The Soviet Union was long gone when I was born but I have been growing up watching Russian cartoons and movies, so it has had a great impact on me. I have had Russian at school, but then partly forgot it when I started using English more.