I’m a few weeks away from departure (don’t ask me to acurately do the maths or I’ll freak out) and I’m currently looking at a whole list of logistics, such as visa(s), sim cards, bank cards and getting cash, as well as life in general in the unknown.
So far this planning has gone moderately well: I have collected all of my belongings which I need to prepare for my visa, I have found a possible flight and will probably book it tonight, and I have a good idea of which sim card I want, even though I was unable to read half of the Russian text on the page, and I therefore feel like I am stepping into a carefully designed foreigner-trap.
In light of these successes, I focused on some trivolities. It was with complete joy that I discovered that there is a park run group about 4 k from my home. Thats the first way to meet locals and learn Russian, then!
Plus- the added bonus of what looks like a really lovely run!