My choice was Yekaterinburg for two primary reasons: the first is the quality of the university (I've been told about it, of course I couldn't make my own idea), the second, maybe the crucial reason, is the fascination of what I might call "real Russia". Truth be told, I've already been in Russia in the past, travelling among Moscow, St. Petersburg and other small cities, and there's no such thing as "not real Russia", as testified by the fact that even in Moscow International Airport there are very few people who can speak English. The experience of a city like Yekaterinburg attracted me none the less. Now I've been here for two months and I must say that I'm starting to understand more about some aspects of people's behavior: there are deep roots in any culture and, besides the cold temperature is that often define features of one society, there is, in my opinion, an imprint in the Russian soul that only becomes clear after a while. In simpler words, it looks to me like Russians are the exact contrary of what they appear at a first look. They seem to be cold and even rather a pathetic sometimes, but I think they just express clearly their feelings, after the seemingly cold approach, it's easy to understand how a person feels every time you talk to them. If they're happy, they smile.