My life in Russia: Derrick Brown from Oakland, USA

"My life in Russia" is a video blog about English-speaking expats living in Russia. In this blog, we present Russia from their points of view - how they adjust to local habits, how they adapt their everyday life, how they make friends.

We spent a day with Derrick Paul Brown, an American basketball player who plays for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Professional Basketball League. The unexpectedly warm weather and warm relationships between locals amazed him, but he wasn't surprised by the local way of life: "Russians care more about now, surviving and worrying more about the moment. In America, we try to live for the future: buying homes, living on credit...  People are rarely friendly here. But as soon as you talk to someone they are very open.”

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