Santa Monica, CA
Teams: Zenit, Fulham
As for me, back on to the thread subject, I became interested in Russia when living in Copenhagen in the Summer of 2005. I travelled to Latvia and Estonia randomly and found them very interesting places. I hung out with some Russians in Latvia. This coincided with my return to the United States and studying in University. I studied International Relations and History with a focus on European. So naturally, when studying political science and international relations with an American perspective, the Soviet Union and Russia is a primary focus of study.
I began to be more interested in Russia and took more classes, began to study the language, and decided to study abroad in Russia.
I went to St. Petersburg in fall of 2006. Seems like just the other day, but it was back then. It was a rough time for me with some great spells. I kind of felt like St. Petersburg was a home for me because I began to know the city well, and respect, but also hate all the bad aspects about it in a way in which you do in your home city. It was rough and meaningful and had some great aspects all at the same time.
I returned to St. Petersburg 3 more times since then as well for various times or what not.
So naturally I became a Zenit fan. And my former gf/still close friend is from St. Petersburg.
So there you go, Russia is an interesting place and RPL has not disappointed.
And like any St. Petersburg sports fan I hate the Moscow team and am proud of one team in St. Petersburg.