Don't moan about the weather, say Siberians students in Bath
Families in Bath have welcomed a group of Russian students into their homes for the summer.
The postgraduate interpreters, who are from Siberia and Moscow, are at the University of Bath for a two-week intensive course and are spending that time staying with people living in the city.
The visit was organised by Professor David Gillespie, from the university's department of European studies and modern languages, and part-time lecturer Marian McNeir.
Mrs McNeir said the course had become a regular feature of the summer programme at the university and was pleased it had proved popular again this year.
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She said: "This is the seventh year we have had students from Moscow but only the first time we have ever had students from Siberia.
"They are staying with Bath families and are soaking up the culture of our beautiful city."
Both the students and their host families were invited to a reception with Mayor of Bath Councillor Andy Furse at the Guildhall, who said how pleased he was that they were enjoying their time in the city.
The group have been using their visit to Bath to brush up their language skills and learn more about the English way of life.
Student Natalia Shaftelkova, from Tomsk University in Siberia, said they were all feeling very much at home in Bath and had been made to feel welcome.
She added that they were enjoying educating people about the differences between the UK and Russia.
"Our host families have been fascinated by the fact that Siberia is a land where temperatures can go from minus 40 to plus 40", she said.
"No one in Bath should complain about the weather – it's wonderful here."