Our client Emile from Colorado, USA, shares his experience of how he enjoyed this spring in Siberia with the Sibers team.
It’s been two weeks since I’ve been back. Spring has sprung in Colorado. Beautiful flowers, flowing rivers, singing birds …and yet I miss Novosibirsk so!!! I miss the Sibers family of Novosibirsk, who I got to know and love so well.
Darya, Dasha, the Mistress of Ceremonies, made sure I knew Russia in and out. The excursions and the cuisine! Thanks to her, I’ve now tried Russian Italian food, Russian Uzbek food, Russian Japanese food, and even Russian Russian food. Fermented bread soda kvass, jelly-on-meat, and pelmeni (the true ravioli)…so delicious and with every bite I became distinctly more Russian at heart. After watching the Tchaikovsky play at the Opera House, I could have practically applied for citizenship
Mikhail, Mike, Michael, Misha, Mishka, the Captain, who steered the Lazy Angel ship through the gauntlet of a 100 bugs, ending up with a beautiful product by the time I left. Throughout the day, the whole office calls his name as he hops around with his bag of answers. By 10 o’clock at night, on the 4th floor of the Sibers’ building, the light bulb in Mikhail’s head shines bright with brilliant ideas to complicated puzzles. It was equally great to have worked with him as it was to have a final night of festivities…drinking wine till 5 o’clock in the morning in celebration of a month well done!
Thanks as well to everyone else who touched Lazy Angel: Ivan, our poised and amicable PHP programmer; the artful Mikhail, who designed our FireFox bar; and Andrey, the astute prodigy, who wrote a piece of our ad server.
And a huge thanks to Alex! Alex, the Polymath, who carves out beautiful pieces of code like a master sculptor. He is a man of many disciplines…everything from his lyrical talents to his English and programming skills are beyond impressive! He is as kind-hearted and he is savvy, having stayed up till 5 o’clock in the morning to make sure I had made my plane flight on time. Incredible person with crazy amounts of potential!
The two or three times I got to hang out with Alex (and Kirill too) were a blast! I remember club Guevara where we all listened to Cuban music, smoked Cuban cigars, and danced (at least tried to dance) like Cubans. Darya and Kirill swept the dance floor!
Sergey, who I’ve exchanged epic online conversations with since August, I finally got to meet in real life! An intuitive guy whose insight has been elemental in preparing our projects. While I only got to share a few hours with him this trip, I look forward to the opportunity of our SRS chats to come!
And let me not forget the trip to the woods! Misha (boss Misha) and Masha, a beautiful couple, who shared the occasion of the banya, an authentically Russian experience, pleasantly accented with a portrait of Lenin Classic! (Three Mishas and one Masha in one trip). On the eve of Woman’s Day I got to hear, yet not understand, Russian poetry memorized by Masha’s father…passionate and smoothly recited. And to boot, I now have a CCCP banya hat I can wear to the clubs of Colorado…a conversation starter, for sure Boss Misha is a great outdoors-man and I look forward to him showing me what the Siberian summer has to offer!
Thank you my Sibers family! I will anticipate greatly another opportunity to visit!