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  • A Quick Getaway to Moscow: the Journey from St. Petersburg

    There are a lot of reasons to travel to Moscow from St. Petersburg and getting there can be a fun adventure in and of itself. For a city 700 km away, it’s surprisingly close. It may not be the geographical center of Russia, but it is its center in every other way. Moscow is the hub of all activity; where meetings and conferences are held; where people come from all around Russia to gather.


  • Speak Like a Russian: Getting Around, Part 2

    In one of our previous articles, we already touched upon the key Russian words that will help you get around: things like the types of public transport and a few associated expressions. This time, we’ll focus on the words that can help you find a specific place, and the few challenges you might face in the process.


  • Living History: Interactive Digital Projects to Help You Learn About Russia

    Feel like taking a walk with famous Russian authors? Making history-changing choices with politicians? Modern technologies have opened up new ways to learn about the world through the combination of data analysis and interactivity. It’s not about memorizing facts. It’s about seeing, feeling, walking, asking questions, and making your own connections. Here are just a few of the projects that will allow you to dive into many aspects of life in Russia, the Soviet Union, and even the Russian Empire.


  • Pickle Like a Russian

    Crunchy, refreshing and super easy to make – Russian dill pickles pack in all the autumn flavor and none of the fuss, turning you into an instant celebrity chef.


  • 5 Ways to Deal with Culture Shock

    Moving to a new country is a huge step even for an intrepid traveler. Now that the “honeymoon stage” of your experience - when things are new and exciting - might be giving way to the less exciting aspects of settling into your new environment, here are some strategies to help you adjust.


  • Getting to Know Russian Literature: Soviet Sci-Fi, Part 2

    To be honest, I’m not exactly a fan of the Soviet mid-20th century sci-fi; to me, it seems somewhat lacking in style in comparison to its predecessors, and it was the later works that really made a name for the genre. Then again, it certainly is quite unconventional, and is interesting from many a standpoint other than the literary one.


  • My Russian Mushroom Picking Adventure

    I certainly enjoy a good sleep-in on the weekend, so when I got a text saying “Let's go mushroom picking on Saturday morning at 7am" I was a little hesitant at first. But after six years in Russia, this is only the second time I’ve received such an offer, so I was definitely up for the challenge.  


  • 5 Surprises about WCs in St. Petersburg

    Restrooms, toilets, lavatories, loos - public restrooms in St. Petersburg can be a fun adventure, but sometimes, it pays to know before you go. 


  • Getting to Know Russian Literature: Soviet Sci-Fi, Part 1

    In our previous article about Russian literature, we’ve only slightly touched upon the subject that I find the most interesting: Soviet science fiction. As a fan of science fiction in general, I’ve always thought that, despite its name, the science aspect of the genre is often used as merely a background for exploring various contemporary psychological and social issues, and allows the writers to create the perfect setting in which to share their perception of human nature and our common future. 


  • Speak Like a Russian: Getting Around

    I’m one of those people who like to explore various places on their own, and I often prompt others to do the same: I believe that going with a guide or pre-planning too much can spoil a good adventure. Still, being adventurous doesn’t mean coming ill-prepared, especially in a different country, where getting lost can become a real problem. So, let’s learn some basic words that will help you in this kind of a situation.


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