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Join date: Apr 27, 2021
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Hello, everyone! I'm so happy to be part of this new world with all of you! My name's Emma, I'm from Scotland in Great Britain and I've been living in Russia for the last 9 years! My SecondLife nickname is ThisThoughtStrand because I love the idea that one single thought can set off so many different actions and ideas. My journey to my life in Russia actually came from a thought strand which began when I had to decide between studying Italian or Russian as my third language at university with French and Spanish. When I was a child, I adored 'Anastasia', the famous musicall cartoon and I really wanted to experience the Russian culture. When it came time to decide between Italian and Russian, I realized that two European languages plus one Slavic language would look more interesting on my CV than three European languages and so my journey to the life I have now started! My main job is a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and Nursery Teacher but I consider my most important roles in life to be my role as a Mummy to my 16 month old son and as a wife. Instead of living in Moscow where most expats tend to gather, I've spent the last 9 years in Yaroslavl, the first town on Russia's Golden Ring with a population of 700,000 and only 2 other people from the United Kingdom! My cross-cultural life has provided me with some crazy stories I'm so excited to share with you all. The reason I decided to become a Moderator on this platform is because, I believe, that every single person has a story worth telling and I love the idea of a virtual world where people can gather as themselves and communicate in a safe way and a safe space. I am delighted to get the chance to help keep this world safe for all of you. I'm really excited to meet all of you and I cannot wait to see what conversations and connections begin here!

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