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Recently, an Indian student who came to study at ITMO commented on how organized the transit system is in St. Petersburg. I wasn’t sure what he meant by that. Maybe he was impressed by how everything comes on time or the fact that you can take public transport to the most obscure parts of the city. Now, I think he was talking about all the unwritten rules that every local knows… how to navigate the mysterious world of public transportation.
Ever sipped tarragon? Or poured liquid bread? Summer is a perfect time to try refreshingly unique Russian soft drinks.
Tallinn has been a traditional weekend trip destination for the citizens of St. Petersburg (or Leningrad) since the late 60’s. Only six hours by bus, and you can dive into the city’s truly medieval atmosphere. With its 13th-century Northern-European gingerbread houses and castle towers, Tallinn is a popular Christmas destination, but summer Tallinn offers even more treasures.
Warm temperatures, blooming flowers and long hours of sunshine make summer the best time to visit St. Petersburg. The city’s streets are filled with people all through the season and especially now when the city is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Whether you’re in the mood for a ride in the amusement park or a boat tour to the Gulf of Finland, check out our St. Petersburg summer guide.
When St. Petersburg was founded three centuries ago, Tsar Peter the Great envisioned it as a bridge between his country and Europe. Even today, St. Petersburg is likely the most international city of Russia, and it is a great starting point for journeys to its neighboring countries. In our series “Window to Europe”, we will examine the many places you can visit from St. Petersburg, suitable for both weekend trips and longer journeys. In this first article, we’ll be looking at Finland – our closest neighbor both geographically and at heart.
St. Petersburg is world-famous for its gorgeous palaces and canals, but there are many other attractions that are, too, worth visiting. From the city’s maze-like courtyards to its atmospheric cafés with ornate interiors, the city has no shortage of places to go off the beaten path. Spring has sprung and it's time to venture out of the house and explore, so check out this list of cool things to do in St. Petersburg.
The long winter holidays are over - but that doesn’t mean that all that’s left for you to do is study! Rest is always important, especially after you’ve just had to revert to your routine student days. So, here we are with this year’s first review of Things to Do in St. Petersburg!
Winter in St. Petersburg! A wonderful time, if you know how to spend it - and don’t let the cold fool you: this is no time for slumber and there are plenty of things to do around the city. Just take a walk down Nevsky Prospect and soak in the holiday spirit! And if you’re not sure how to entertain yourself, we’ve rounded up some tips and ideas.
This year, the Jewish Festival of Light – Hanukkah – takes place from December 12 to 20. St. Petersburg has a rich Jewish history and is the site of Europe’s second largest synagogue. The story of Hanukkah has to do with oil – so it’s also a time when you’re free to stuff yourself with all kinds of fried goods like doughnuts and latkes! Whether you’re interested in exploring your own heritage or looking to learn more about a different culture, there are quite a few events in the city – check them out:
Before I moved to Russia, I was really anxious about the cold; but I had also convinced myself that it's so cold in Russia that all diseases freeze and I won't ever get sick. Wishful thinking! Getting a cold is just a natural part of the full winter experience. Besides some positive thinking and consuming as much citrus as you can, you might be interested in some popular home-style Russian remedies that get anyone from Vladivostok to Murmansk feeling good when they’re under the weather. Some of these were recommended over the last few years in Russia by friends or doctors and many have helped me when I wasn’t feeling well.