This wasn't somewhere in Middle America: I grew up in Vladivostok, on the very eastern edge of Russia.When I left, I attended Far Eastern Federal University and graduated with a degree in journalism.
Vladivostok is relatively new, a port city which until the turn of the 20th Century only had one high school.
"Many girls go to China and Korea to look for husbands. Dasha, showing me the stunning views at the edge of town, says, "How do you like our city?
" as everyone does, perhaps a little proud and a little nervous about a foreigner's reaction to this port.
So I decided to look through dating sites on the Internet.
When I typed “man looking for man” in the search engine, I only found 20 people around my area.
At university I was finally able to find my own circle of friends, but even there I didn’t have the confidence to open up: not to my parents, not to my friends, certainly not to the whole world. I wasn’t ready to accept that I might be different.