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In this article, we’d like to introduce you to Alejandro Ramos, a Mexican student in the Physics of Lasers PhD program at ITMO University. Alejandro tells us about his love at first sight for Russia, the process that he went through to come here and his plans for his current research at ITMO.
Frothy, creamy, and vanilla-flavored, raf coffee is a delicious and Russia-originating addition to the blooming St. Petersburg specialty coffee culture. What is it that makes it just so good and where can you get your first sip?
Meet Lasse Schneider, a German PhD student in Management of Social and Economic Systems. He came for an exchange semester, but fell in love with the city and the university – now he is finishing his first year of PhD studies. At the same time he writes for ITMO’s blog. Find out more about his incredible story in this interview.
The finals are in full swing, the sun is making a comeback, and the forecast calls for twenty-something all week – it seems like summer is officially in town. Whether you want to soak up the sun at the city’s beaches, celebrate warm days with authentic live music, or reflect on electric and diverse contemporary art – here are our best picks that will lure you off the couch this weekend.
This Wednesday, ITMO students and staff gathered at the Krestovsky Ostrov metro station for a traditional bike ride with ITMO’s Rector Vladimir Vasilyev. The relentless downpour and strong wind, which had been spoiling the mood of the city’s residents all day, did not scare the cyclists away. Among those who were not intimidated by the bad weather was also an ITMO.NEWS journalist, who joined the cyclists and talked to some of the participants.
Let’s say goodbye to spring by making the most of the last weekend before summer 2021: welcome the most exciting and beautiful season at a floral festival, thrift-shop like a boss at the city’s bazaars and flea markets, and even pick up a new book at the largest book salon in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg – the Northern Capital – is beautiful from any angle, but, without a doubt, the most spectacular views are available from the water. Thanks to the extensive network of rivers and canals that binds the city’s many islands together, St. Petersburg got the nickname “the Venice of the North.” From that perspective, acquaintance with the city wouldn’t be complete without a boat tour. Here’s our guide to help you navigate the ocean of options and choose the perfect ride.
While many imagine St. Petersburg as the city of a thousand and one bridges, its true spirit is hidden from the eyes of the uninitiated in a maze of side-streets and courtyards. Scattered around the city, these secluded places live their own lives, interrupted only by periodic visits from those few who know of their existence. What off-the-beaten-track sites can you find in St. Petersburg?
Summer is just around the corner – and the White Nights are in full swing – which means it’s high time to venture out and explore the international side of St. Petersburg, plunging deeper into European culture. So grab a bike, put your favorite sneakers on, and let’s spend this day in a German way!
The cultural capital of Russia is brimming with expats from around the world experiencing the culture and lifestyle of St. Petersburg. Some are studying, some are working, and some are dancing. Get a taste of life in this beautiful city through an international lens by checking out their blogs and social media pages.