Roman Castellarin, Argentina: Every IOI is different, but this has to be the best. Friendly people, lots of interesting excursions and a huge number of new friends. I’ve learned much about Kazan and Russia. The trip to Innopolis was really nice – I’ve just tried the virtual reality attraction and it was phenomenal – we don’t have anything like that back home. I think I’d like to live in a town like Innopolis. Yet again I’ve been surprised by the food – in Argentina we often eat something called “Russian salad”, and just imagine – I walk into the canteen in the Universiade Village and see that exact same salad! Eating “Russian salad” in Russia – you can’t beat it!
Costin-Andrei Oncescu, Romania: When we went to Innopolis I was really surprised by buildings like which I’d never seen before. I could tell straight away that it was built by people connected to IT in some way. As for Sviyazhsk, it was a place that sent me back in time. I really liked the battle re-enactment – it was quite violent but really interesting. I’m not sure I’d want to take part in something like that myself – I don’t think I’m strong enough! Far better to just watch from the sidelines.
Greg Lee, team leader, Taiwan: In going to Sviyazhsk, I’ve seen the real Russia. Moscow and St. Petersburg are metropolises with a totally different lifestyle and different people. In Sviyazhsk there’s no pretence – it’s a quiet and peaceful with beautiful nature. If I’d had the chance I would have stayed there longer. The Russian team leader Marina gave me a tyubeteika hat which I like very much.
Son Bao Pham, team leader, Vietnam: As a child I lived for two years in Moscow and went to school there. When I heard the Olympiad was going to be in Russia, I was so happy. I love Russia and Russian culture, especially the architecture. For me the most memorable thing was the trip to the Kazan Kremlin and the island town of Sviyazhsk. It’s so beautiful there! As for Innopolis – it surprised me very much. How did they manage to build everything there in such a short time.