I do not remember what words were said by me when I saw Vladivostok for the first time in my life. The city of many cultures, religions, nations and stratifications in the level of affluence. I do not write these words based on any messages or encyclopedic information. I am writing from the side of a man who spent 48 hours in this city and remained with such and not another awareness of the world around him.
port city, for many years inaccessible due to its military functions for the average Russian, not to mention the arrivals from another country … A city in Russia, which of all visited by me showed a very high dynamics of life in both the cultural and business areas. I think that this geographical location in some way evokes such an intense climate of life. When writing climate, I mean mainly about the atmosphere and the very positive attitude of people to life, daily duties and work. The people we met with were very open to questions addressed to them. They showed a lot of understanding for various issues. Questions could sometimes surprise them, but they were never surprised. Considering that we spent only 48 hours there, this analysis may seem very bold, but I am fully aware and objective that I am correct.
It is perhaps thanks to these people that this city looks and shows so much energy.
We have seen years of isolation fall into oblivion. New facilities are being built both in the area of infrastructure and the widely understood commercial investment market. You can see how people of all ages, from the oldest to the youngest, seek change. Vladivostok as a port city gives the possibility of contact with the whole world. The world that in this case is represented the most by Chinese, Koreans and Japanese. In addition to the faces of the above nationalities, information on the languages of the above-mentioned nation is visible everywhere on various objects. This creates an additional impression of the city’s openness to otherness, in this case just this nationality. It is also worth mentioning that the society of Vladivostok itself shows how diverse the nations inhabiting this city are. I am talking here in particular about the population of republics of the former USSR. People are open and for both residents and tourists such a meeting gives many exciting moments (especially those coming from outside). It may seem that these words will not give a full picture of this city, but I assure you that my main message when writing them are the emotions that accompanied me while in Vladivostok. Vladivostok, situated so far from the global conflicts of past eras, is in its structure a patchwork of everything. In many places you can see signs of communism but not dominated by everything new. It is very noticeable how much this place means for the current Russian power. The opening of Vladivostok is planned for further contacts with other countries in this part of the world. There is talk of creating special economic zones that allow the development of trade, of course with the large share of those countries that I wrote earlier, namely China, Korea and Japan.
For me, in everything that I write about (Vladivostok), the most important are people, their honesty, openness and acceptance of what comes to them from various corners of the world.
How it was presented to us, it suited everyone very much. This is definitely a city other than the other cities in Russia, in every aspect described.
I wrote these few sentences so that someone could find the emotions that accompany us without moving the geographical – political sphere of this place. Being in this city, I had the impression that this place is not quite Russia.
This is the “Different Vladivostok” for me.