Brian Griffith, June 20th, 2017
This week was a big change of pace when compared to last week. We had our Russian business culture class for three days and I’ll tell ya we learned a lot. Peter was our Bulgarian professor and he was by far one of the best professors I’ve ever had. Anyone who can lecture for 7 hours and keep the whole class interested and not falling asleep, is in my opinion a legend. Many of my stereotypes about Russians proved to be true while then again I learned many things about Russians, Swedes and Finns I would’ve never known without Peter’s class. Learning the history of the Russians was very helpful in understanding why the Russians act the way they do, for example Peter pointed out how in almost every war Russia had they would send soldiers to their deaths until the battles were won. This showed gave a little background as to why they value effectiveness or efficiency. Vodka drinking etiquette was a very interesting lesson that we took very careful notes on so we could practice properly for our future endeavors with Russians. Russian business culture wasn’t the only awesome part of this week, we traveled to Stockholm for the weekend and received a warm welcome by fantastic weather. I think the main thing I noticed in Sweden was how diverse the people in Stockholm were, Helsinki being only white people and going to a very diverse city was a interesting change of pace. Everyone seemed very nice but like Finland everyone seems to hang out with friends and get very drunk on the weekends, at least in the city. Overall week 2 was fun and jam packed with cultural experiences. This is Brian signing off, stay tuned next week with episode 3.