Registan: The Pearl of Central Asia

Registan is the pearl of Central Asia, one of the most magnificent squares in the world, located in the center of old Samarkand. Everyone who is lucky enough to be here cannot remain indifferent: the greatness and beauty of Registan elicits in everyone, without exception, a feeling of delight.

St. Petersburg’s Electric Transport: Trams

The environmental and financial advantages of employing electrically powered vehicles are undisputed, and these benefits are greater still in the case of public transportation, which, though perhaps not in comfort, in efficiency far surpasses personal vehicles. In this field St. Petersburg has long been at the vanguard.

A Mexican Chef’s Journey to Russia

Here in Russia, it’s incredibly difficult to find traditional Mexican food. You can find a few places here and there, but most of them lack that authentic Mexican taste. Taqueria Don Garcia, a Mexican food stand, serves the most unbelievably delicious tacos I have ever tried in Russia. It’s owned and founded by Gerardo García, born and raised in Mexico, who immigrated to Russia 5 years ago.

The Sea That Was

The Aral Sea is a drainless salt lake in Central Asia, on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Until the middle of the 20th century, it was the fourth largest in the world, occupying about 68 thousand square kilometers; its length was 426 km, width — 284 km, and the greatest depth — 68 m; but since the 1960s, it has shallowed significantly due to water intake from the main feeding rivers of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya for irrigation.

Ayaz-Kala: A Fortress From the Distant Past

The Ayaz-Kala archaeological site encompasses the ruins of three ancient fortresses from the time of the Kushan Empire, located in Uzbekistan’s Kyzylkum Desert. The name of the settlement translates as "fortress in the wind." Built when Kushan culture was at its peak in the third and second centuries BCE, it bolstered the empire’s northern defenses and protected those territories from foreign encroachment.

Lake Ladoga: A Quick Getaway from St. Petersburg

The largest lake in Europe, the second largest in Russia after Lake Baikal, and the 14th largest freshwater lake in the world — that’s Lake Ladoga. Such an enormous lake with 48 species of fish and even its own endemic seal species (the Ladoga seal) seems like it should be in some far away, long forgotten spot only accessible to the most dedicated of travelers. And yet, it’s right outside of St. Petersburg! So easily accessible, it’s the perfect place for a little weekend getaway.

Miniature St. Petersburg and Russia

For the architecturally-minded, miniatures are an excellent medium through which to peruse and dissect edifices from a global perspective. As such, here I’ve compiled a catalog of the 4 that can be found in Saint Petersburg and which I think are worth visiting.

Be Brave: My Experience at Halloween in Yagodnoe

At the end of October, I spent Halloween in Yagodnoe. It was a wonderful experience for me. It all started when I was invited to ITMO’s English speaking club by a friend I met in my intercultural communication class. When I attended the club for the first time, I found out that there was going to be a Halloween event at a place called Yagodnoe in about a month

Three Great Detective Novels to Check Out

I’ve been a huge mystery fan since I was a kid. I love it so much that once, when I was around twenty, I decided to re-read all the Sherlock Holmes stories in chronological order. But what makes a good whodunnit? You know you’re reading a brilliant novel when you’re so inside the story that you forget about unmasking the murderer. Read on to discover three great detective novels of the last decade.

Three Lesser-Known Books on Popular Science

We often associate popular science literature with hard science, while not paying enough attention to the communication of humanities' knowledge. So, for today’s selection, we’ve picked three great books on society, social bonds, and literature.