It is such an amazing weather here in St.Petersburg, the spring is coming andmany mornings have started by waking up to the bright sunglight.
Well, as I already wrote in the last post, I would like to tell you how did I manage my tuition fee. In rubles it is 65 000 per semester and I was ready to pay it whenever, just waited for the documents. The int.coordinator wrote me, that the deadline for payin the fee is tomorrow, and it was kinda surprise for me. So, the problem was, that I had all the money in euros on my bank card, and the withdraw limit is 9000R and there is always a comission. As the situation was very pressing I decided just to go to int.department to get the “bill” and they said that the bill is done with the information of my Finnish passport and that there is a possibility to pay by card, so there is no need to take Russian passport to the bank and to withdraw money. Well, I came to the Sberbank, and they said that translation from the Finnish passport into Russian is necessary… I was like are you kidding me, but then I went to the dorm to pick Russian passport up and returned to the bank. The bank lady put all the information into their system and I finally got the permission to pay, but then, it became clear, that I cannot pay by my card, as far as I am not a client of the Sberbank. I was like ok, and what am I supposed to do, and then I wen to the ATM and was about to take all the 65 000R, but then I found out that there is a limit for 5000R. What do you think? I stayed for 20minutes at the ATM, and the lady (which was serving me was waiting for me), so I withdraw 13 times money from ATM. And everyone came to ask like “How many times you have left till you get the needed sum?” and the queue behind me was unbelievable. It was kinda stressful. But, then I got the total sum (finally) and paid the tuition fee. Then I got to the int.dep. and they were surprised like why did I need the Russian passport, there was no need for that, the bank employees were just unnecessarily running me around. That all situtation was so stressful, but luckily I managed it well and the fee was paid.
If you are going to Russia, you have to be ready for that kind of situations, that no-one knows anything and that it is more complicated than in Finland e.g. But everything will finally be solved, ok, somehow, but still solved. 🙂