'On the very first day of my internship at an auditing firm in Cologne, Carnival Week began. All of my colleagues were wearing costumes, and I looked completely out of place in my business suit. So I put on a costume, too, and celebrated along with everyone else. Carnival music, Cologne dialect, Cologne beer, and an unbeatably friendly atmosphere created a very special feeling – one I shall never forget.'
Lives in: Moscow, Russia
Home country: Russia
In Germany from: September 2002 to July 2003, in Passau
Educational institution: Business Administration studies at Passau University sponsored by a grant from the Russia Fund of German Trade and Industry