Welcome to our new trainees!
Hi! My name is Olga and I am 22 years old. When I’m not working as assistant researcher at Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg, I study comparative literature in combination with culture, rhetoric and communication in the city of Odense, Denmark.
In my time as a student I have especially been interested in the way different cultures have intertwined and inspired one another through time. While it has been very interesting learning about and comparing cultures of the past, I have gradually become more curious to experience culture exchange in the present. Therefore, I was very excited when I got the opportunity to work at the Danish Cultural Institute in the spring of 2019. Here I look forward to witnessing Russian and Danish culture inspire and learn from one another.
As a child of Russian parents raised in Denmark, I also look forward to getting to know this beautiful city of my ancestors and experience Russian culture, especially literature, and cuisine.
My name is Pauline Nystad and I am 24 years old. I just arrived in St Petersburg, Russia, for my 6-month internship at the DKI. When I’m not in Russia, I am usually out somewhere in Denmark looking for an ancient hidden treasure, as I normally study Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Copenhagen. Someday I hope that I will be able to use the things I’ll learn at DKI to revitalize (virtually non-existing) Russian-Danish archaeological collaboration. After all, pottery, horses, lactose tolerance and blonde hair all came from the areas around St Petersburg or the Russian steppes. But I do not only care about old or dead things; Russian literature and music captured my interest a long time ago, and as theoretical cultural exchange is also a prominent part of the archaeological discipline, an internship in Russia was the perfect opportunity to combine all of my interests and abilities and put them to use in an effort to strengthen both Russian and Danish knowledge about each other’s cultures.