At first, I was worried, but then it started to seem funny and I turned everything into a joke. But it was embarrassing, sure.
It was then that I began to realize that being a diplomat means going against your principles. You're just a soldier to be used. It doesn't suit everyone, and it didn't suit me.
But that's only half a year in Mexico. You said that you spent a year there.
I came back from Mexico, studied for six months, got my diploma at MGIMO, and decided that I wanted to go to graduate school. All these years I had drempt of studying at Moscow State University, and I decided to fulfil it. I majored in journalism, a completely new field for me. I spent two months preparing for the entrance exams and aced them.
One day I was wandering the corridors of the university and noticed an announcement about international internships at Moscow State University. They had Mexico on there too. I even thought, ha, it would be funny if, like a fool, I went to Mexico City for the second time. And that's how it turned out. I was sent to Mexico with my Spanish, although I had wanted to go for an internship in Northern Ireland.
And it was a completely different Mexican experience. During my first internship, the most important thing for me was education, the status of the university. Like I said, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education is considered the most respectable school in Mexico. It was built in the image and likeness of American colleges, so the quality of education there is high.
The second time I went to study at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It's the largest university in the Americas, with about 300,000 students studying there. It's like Moscow State University, only three times as big. And it's a state university, so it's free. Everyone got in thanks to their knowledge, not money.
For me, during my second trip to Mexico, education became second in importance, or even third, even though it was an academic internship. I got to know the country better, the people, went to the pyramids, the ocean.
The Chichen Itza pyramid, which is the most famous, is so refined, like it had just been built. There are others, like Teotihuacan.