A little more personal: St. Petersburg and I
31 October, 2013
I’m writing this on the last day of my internship here at Liden & Denz. Right now, leaving St. Petersburg, I feel overwhelmed by all the emotions and impressions I got from this beautiful city. Last year, I felt like I left a piece of my heart here, and that I had to take it back. Something was still incomplete, and I was longing to come to the city once again. Working and studying at Liden & Denz for a long time has helped me as a student, as a worker and as a person.
Thanks to the articles I wrote, I discovered amazing things about Russia and unique locations in the city. Knowing Russia deeper has been extremely helpful for my literary studies and I will never be able to thank it enough. I feel like I am a much more organized and methodical person and I don’t have to cope with my eternal anxiety anymore. My Russian language skills have also improved so much that I almost can’t believe it. And most importantly, I feel like I have grown a bit as a person.
There are so many things that I won’t forget easily, like the river with the bridges open at night, or the night train to Moscow. I felt like things were really looking up, like when I just went to a bar alone to review it and made friends with some amazing American girls there. And I will never forget the in-your-face feeling of being against the world, just me and a friend of mine. Even when I was alone, I never felt lonely. I knew that I could just take a walk on the Neva embankment, read a book while sipping tea at a café, and make everything ok.
I feel so thankful to the beautiful Liden & Denz team for making me always feel at home and for giving me the opportunity to spend these three beautiful months in St. Petersburg. The Liden & Denz team has always been helpful and has been like a family to me in this period of my life. A part of me will always be here in Russia and I’m already looking forward to more adventurous trips in this country.
Zoran Trevisan is an Italian student, currently on an internship while at the same time studying Russian at Liden & Denz