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Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society Visit to Exeter - July 2016


The traditional visit of Yaroslavl Delegation has been taking place since 10th to 21 of July, 2016.


I was pretty lucky to take part in it. Our family is quite a young member of Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association. It wasn’t our first visit to Great Britain, but the first time we’ve been in Exeter and have been hosted by an English family.


It was a very interesting experience – to learn more about the people and the country. When you travel as a tourist you won’t have a chance to know a lot from the inside.


First of all you'll never be met at the airport by a friend. Thanks so much Joyce Burgess for meeting us at the Heathrow Airport and of course - to Ron Crabb for taking us there back from Exeter.


We've been to the places you'd never reach as a visitor. It could be only possible when you’re a friend. It was really a great pleasure to meet the Lord Mayor of Exeter and to take part in the annual Lammas Parade, headed (what a surprise for us) by Ron Crabb. We had lovely tours to Teignmouth (great thanks to Keith Seabrook; by the way, our lunch at St Michael Church was unforgettable as your perfect Russian speech) and Plymouth (many thanks to Clare Meiklejohn – you are really brave to fix it all). We also had there a pleasant Devon tea party and met Marilyn Goldsbrough, Plymouth BrestTwinning Head.


It was not only a pleasure but had great value - that is what I really think about very interesting excursions to Exeter Reclamation Facility and Fire and Rescue Station of Devon. Due to Elena Coles’ detailed translation we understood much more about great efforts made by Exeter people to keep the City clean and safe.


Fantastic view of the City could be only seen from the North Tower of the Cathedral on the special tour guided by Julia. Bob Bradshaw, Clare Meiklejohn and Piter Barker are really heroes – they came with us to one-day trip to London. It was extremely exciting to visit the Capital.


Our Farewell Party was full of surprises for everyone. All of you were so talented (great play «Dama zdavala v bagazh» directed by Elena Coles!), intelligent (fantastic quiz by Victoria Furtado!), sincere and socialable. I have really started to understand English people much better – and as for me we didn't have a lot of differences at all.


I can only imagine how difficult it was to organize this entire programme. How many people were involved into the way it happened. But due to Peter Barker, the head of EYTA, everything went great. Our delegation is very grateful to all of you, our dearest friends from EYTA, and we do appreciate all the things you did for us during our staying.


Special thanks and warmest wishes to our host families, who made this visit so special and provided us with care and attention. My husband and I wanted to thank Paul and Araceli Vass – you are really great hosts, very nice people and now our twinning friends. And traditionally we will be very happy to host you here in Yaroslavl!


On behalf of Yaroslavl Delegation


Sincerely yours,

Yulia Samsonenko and Maxim Korobov

Юлия Самсоненко и максим коробов


Editor's note: Photographs of the visit can been seen here