St. Petersburg: She would have fit in perfectly at a rockabilly concert with her red and white poker-dot skirt, a blue bandana in her hair and black converse sneakers. Instead, she was reading Machiavelli’s 'The Prince’ while making espresso’s from the back of a coffee car in one of the busiest spots near Nevsky. Just 21, Sasha said she already divorced and is now in her fourth city, having grown up in Murmansk and lived briefly in Krasnodar and Moscow. Her colorful style contrasted sharply with her mood, which is reflected in her facial expression in the photo. Even a surprise rose couldn’t cause a smile. She said people criticized her everyday and mentioned she didn’t have a high opinion of herself, adding she has a bad temper. She said she is hoping to find herself. I asked about Moscow. She responded she didn't like city probably because she worked at a funeral home.
St. Petersburg: I passed 24 yo Yulia three days in a row as she stood in her costume in the center of St. Petersburg. Yulia, like so many others I met in Russia's second city, said she moved here 4 years ago after falling in love with St. Petersburg's architecture. ''It is so romantic,'' she said of the city. Raised in Murmansk, Yulia studied accounting at an institute in her hometown and worked in her profession. However, she was bored by the routine work and quit. For the past month, she has been working at a restaurant, handing out flyers on the street and entertaining children inside the restaurant. Yulia, who likes to read and write poetry in her free time, says its a temporary job until she 'finds herself.’ However, she is enjoying herself in the meantime she says. People happily stop to photograph with her, she said. ‘’I am happy that I have a fun job that pays well,’’ she said.
St. Petersburg: These twins from Murmansk were rollerbladding together in front of the Hermitage. Yulia and Masha, 21, just graduated a St Petersburg university with a degree in conflict resolution and multimedia. They are now trying to decided what they want to do next. Yulia said that conflict resolution isn't well developed in Russia, so they will likely pursue work in multimedia.