I was born in St. Petersburg, Leningrad back then, but my parents moved to Tallinn, Estonia when I was still very little. So even though this is the place of my birth, I actually never lived there. I used to go to St. Petersburg when I was still a kid visiting relatives regularly and I went there as a teenager couple of times. I still remember Moloko nightclub and Saigon shop where I used to buy all my CDs. But it was still in the '90s and I haven't been back for about 15 years.
I was super lucky to get invited to speak and do a workshop at OFFF Spb event that took place in St. Petersburg in the beginning of July and get back to the city I was born. It definitely changed and it changed to a good side. Not the architecture or look of the city, it's still exactly the same — beautiful, mostly Italian, architecture with horrible and most of the time kitch signage. I think the city looked 10 times cleaner and more "polished" as it was 15 years ago, but most importantly, I think people have changed. And people make this place feel different.
I have spent great four unforgettable days there and want to thank the organizers of OFFF event for making it all happen!
The next stop — Moscow. On the "Red Arrow" overnight train.