Ira Didenkulova

Institute of Cybernetics, Tallinn University of Technology

What was your main reason for coming to Estonia?

Ira Didenkulova

At that time I had just finished my PhD and was excited about trying something new. I knew nothing about Estonia except famous stories of Sergey Dovlatov, which I liked very-very much.

What is the best thing about living/working in Estonia?

It is a small country with its pluses and minuses. In research it gives you lots of freedom, but at the same time almost no critics. All critics is coming from abroad.

What was surprising for you when you moved to Estonia?

It was very calm, so calm, that I decided that it might be the best place for me to stay. Dovlatov describes a similar episode in his book, when once he found himself in Estonian village and was thinking that may be he should stay there forever.

How would you describe your career perspectives in Estonia?

This is indeed hard for me. At the moment I am here trying to build something on my own. What comes out of it and whether it would be possible, time will show.

What do you miss from your home country?

I miss my family and my true friends. This is something not-replaceable. But we try to keep in touch every day despite all the distances between us.

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