17-year-old blogger from London, Theo Ogden, made a video about Russia with his father (Ogden Sr., by the way, is wearing a T-shirt with a Russian coat of arms). Conventionally, the video can be called “Expectations and Reality”, as the boy, together with his father, examines the most common myths about Russia, which are actively replicating the British media. How is it? Yes, since Ogdeny arrived in Russia for the World Cup two weeks ago, they visited Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and ... did not find a single confirmation of what they “knew” before.
Do not lie if we say that the video was terribly moving and prohibitively honest. So be careful - tears can catch up at any moment.
Ogdens counted eight myths about Russia - they vied with each other and wondered how it happenedWhat do the media in London allow themselves to form with the British so terrible an image of a hospitable, beautiful country with delicious food and kind people? Let us examine all the myths in turn.
“Russian hooligans will beat you as soon as you enter the country”
“We have never had a similar situation with us in all these two weeks,” says Ogden Sr. - Several friends today are not with us, because they read all this in the British media and did not go. I have not seen a single bully. We see a completely opposite situation here. We ventured to take the English flag with us, we were wearing English T-shirts. We met Russians who told us: “England, go ahead!” Hundreds of Russians, I do not exaggerate - hundreds, came up to us and started a conversation. No one thought to pull out the flags, as it did with Ukraine. I wore a shirt in the open and was proud of it. "
“Russians are always disgruntled, never smiling people”
“Oh god, it's so untrue,” Theo rolls his eyes. - When we arrived in Samara, we met incredibly friendly people here. They were so happy with the goals we scored in Tunisia. They brought us a cake! They. Carried out Us.Cake!!! These are such nice, friendly people! "
The father of the 17-year-old blogger also tells the story:
“An unfamiliar Russian who was not a taxi driver and lived near the stadium, when he saw us, stopped and asked:“ Do you want to go to the stadium? ”We sat down, chatted for 15 minutes and left the stadium. He did not take money from us. If we offered him money, he would be offended. Such is the nature of the Russians - they simply follow the dictates of their hearts. ”
"Russia is a very dark, uninteresting, unremarkable country"
In this block, the Ogdens once again lay out several video evidence debunking a myth: a father and son walk around Samara, shoot landscapes and admire the Volga. And then Peter is suddenly remembered.
“We enjoyed the incredible scenery of the Volga, walking around Samara. Why Russia is not one of the most popular countries among tourists? She definitely should be. There is so much in it, and we saw only a small part! ”
“If you have not been to St. Petersburg, you have lost a lot. I am ready to admit that Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. I live in London, but nevertheless I am ready to make this very important statement. And I made it. Just now, says Theo Ogden sharply.- It’s great that the fan’s passport was equated to a visa. But think about making the visa regime easier so that people like us can come to Russia. Now send a visa is very expensive and very long. If you abolish it, it will be great. "
“Taxi drivers will fuck you up”
Here British pragmatism entered the business. Ogden Sr. figured (in pounds) how much a taxi ride in London costs and compared it to a taxi ride in St. Petersburg.
“How much does it cost to get from Hampstead to Gatwick Airport (1 hour 12 minutes. - Ed.)? About 60 pounds. If you choose an expensive fare, then 200. How much did a taxi from Pulkovo Airport to Petrogradskaya cost (45 minutes on the way. - Ed.)? 7 pounds. Taxis Yandex and Uber are used here. Taxis are incredibly cheap here. ”
“Everything is expensive in Russia”
“We went to two fantastic beer bars in Kaliningrad:“ Yeltsin ”and“ Hop ”. A pint of really good beer cost 1.79 pounds. I'm sorry you know that now, ”Theo jokes at the British audience, while his father truly laughs. “I really feel sorry for you.”
"World Cup will be a real failure"
Ogdeny clarifies that the British press has repeatedly mentioned the Russian inability to organize something at a decent level,especially when it came to international sports.
“Volunteers are incredible. Whatever help is needed - to find a ticket office with tickets, a fan zone, the road to the stadium, the fastest route - they are always close by. They are always smiling, they give you five, they tell you where to get, they solve your problems for free, ”Teo says with enthusiasm.
The blogger's father says that in Nizhny Novgorod, he met with fans with experience - “professional” British fans who have been hanging around the world for 20 years. Ogdens, of course, talked to them and recorded it on video.
“We met with fans who have been going to championships for 20 years. They showed us videos from Nizhny Novgorod and said that this is the coolest organized championship in all 20 years. He did not fail. This is an absolutely brilliantly organized event from day one. ”
"Russians hate the British"
“In all the cities where we were, Russian fans in English T-shirts supported England as their second team. Friends, this is reality! For the entire trip, we have not met a single person who would treat us with contempt.They all say: “Well, how is it that we are not friends?” A huge number of people in Russia love England: our music, history, culture, tea. Both our nations love tea, ”shouts Theo happily.
"All Russian food is disgusting"
“Oh, this is absolute, absolute truth,” says Theo slyly in his diary. - She is so terrible that she wants to eat again and again! Borscht, cutlets, chicken with mashed potatoes, cheesecakes, dumplings, dad fell in love with salads - all this is super tasty! Grandmas cook such delicious food, and you can't deny it. ”
Immediately after this replica, the video begins to replete with a gastronomic selection - all the favorite Russian dishes of Ogden in a few seconds.
No, the Ogens admit: there is something in Russia that they didn’t like at all. These are the flights of Pobeda airline: 17-year-old Theo was faced with the choice of whether to pay extra to sit on the plane next to his father. And when the guy refused, they and Dad were seated at different ends of the cabin, and the whole flight was next to Theo. And on this, in general, everything. The rest in Russia - people, nature, the atmosphere of the championship, prices, the work of volunteers - all this caused only delight and joy.
The 16-minute video ends with the touching words of Theo and his dad: “Thank you very much! Big, big thank you! ”- and cutting personnel from the British travel in Russia: airports, crowds of fans, bars, rented apartments and genuine joy on their faces. All this is accompanied by the song “Semantic hallucinations” - “Forever young”, which is so familiar to each of us.
And at the very end, Theo says:
“The state of the cold war between Russia and England should stop. We must be friends.