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A student of the University of Oulu (Finland), Niki Tenhunen is spending this spring semester at ITMO University as an exchange student. Niki is a second-year Bachelor’s student with a major in international business. When he’s not studying, he strolls about the city for hours on end, fights stereotypes about life in Russia and even helps make movies. For our interview, we asked Niki about his life in St. Petersburg, its surprises and attractions.
It’s sunny today in St. Petersburg, but the weekend promises to be overcast and rainy. Still, that’s no reason to stay at home when so much fun is to be had out in the city. Go below for some of the ways you can entertain yourself this weekend in St. Petersburg!
The winter snow has finally started melting, the sun is shining brightly, and it’s the perfect time to brush off the apathy of the long hibernation - so let’s take a look at the different events that can help you with that!
Good day to you all, and here’s our weekly review of the events you may find interesting!
In this age of e-readers and audiobooks, many of us are still drawn to paper and ink. And if you're a book-loving guest to St. Petersburg, you may have found it somewhat challenging to find books in other langauges here - without resorting to ordering from overseas or paying outrageous prices to resellers, that is. In that case, you'll find useful this guide to some of St. Petersburg's more refined and stylish bookstores.
This end of February has become St. Petersburg’s coldest in the past several decades. According to Alexander Kolesov, Chief Meteorologist at the Northwest Center of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, we last had such cold weather back in 1955. Europe experienced a drop in temperature as well; actually, the recent cyclone even got a nickname, the Beast from the East. So, what is happening to the climate, and how will these global changes affect St. Petersburg? During a lecture at the Institute of Design & Urban Studies, Artem Pavlovsky, climatologist and member of the State Research and Design Center of St. Petersburg Master Plan, talked about the reasons behind climate change, and its effect on the development of urban territories.
Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, has been around for nearly three millennia. February 16 will mark the beginning of the Year of the Dog in the Lunar Calendar and the festivities will last for nearly a week. Learn about the various events in St. Petersburg dedicated to this holiday in the fourth installment of our winter holiday series.
Often called Venice of the North, St. Petersburg is a perfect setting for romance. From beautiful sights to winding canals and intimate inner yards, it’s a place to explore and learn more about each other in the process. You don’t even have to take your date to a theater or a concert, of which there’s plenty. Maybe this Valentine’s Day love is…
From caviar to cranberries, Russia offers lots of scrumptious treats that you can share with friends and family. If you’re in Russia now or planning to visit in the future, you’re probably wondering what to bring home with you - how about traditional local delicacies that Russians love?
Every year on January 25, Russian students celebrate Student’s Day. This year, active members of the community including representatives from universities in St. Petersburg were awarded honorary St. Tatiana medals for their special contributions to moral education in the city and participation in the life of society. The ceremony took place in Smolny Cathedral, which in 1835 was designated as "the Cathedral of all educational institutions". Also, this year on Tatiana’s day, a special student forum for student clubs around the country was held in Kazan. The forum, called “Forward Together”, was also dedicated to the celebration of Student’s Day, was attended by more than 5,000 students from 38 regions of Russia including a delegation from ITMO University.