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New Year is all about planning new adventures. I’ve always wanted to travel along the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway all the way from Moscow, across the Urals, through Siberia and to Vladivostok in the Far East. At 9,289 km it is the longest railroad in the world and bridges the vastness of Russia.
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.
The forum and exhibition Saint Petersburg Travel hub, which gathered members of the nation’s tourist community and participants from 57 regions of the country, has recently come to a close. This year’s Travel Hub coincided with the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization. One of the forum’s topics was the digital transformation of the travel industry. ITMO University took part in the exhibition; its staff presented a number of interdisciplinary projects that weave together the history and culture of St. Petersburg with digital technologies.
So you’ve just arrived in St. Petersburg from who knows where, you’re exhausted, jetlagged, you don’t speak the language, and you just want to get to bed as soon as possible. Familiar? Here's how to do that with the least amount of fuss and without getting lost.
Sometimes it’s not a pen and a copy-book you should put in your school bag, but a fork and a mug. For example, when you go to study abroad. Ivan Zhuravlev and ITMO University’s student news portal Megabyte interviewed several ITMO students about their experience of packing for their exchange abroad.
How do you get a true sense of the place? One way could be through changing your perspective. Here’re some ways you can see St. Petersburg in a different light.
New food? New views? Insta-worthy pics? Take advantage of the upcoming May holidays to skip town and experience something amazing, not too far from St. Petersburg.
An ancient Russian stronghold, Pskov offers a fascinating trip to the times of knights and hermits made easier with the introduction of a fast train service from St. Petersburg.
Nights in a Library, History Lessons and Stress Relieving Dogs: Academic Exchange at Seoul National University
Eduard Kamalov, a student at ITMO's Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations, spent his fifth semester at Seoul National University (South Korea) on an exchange program. Eduard told ITMO.NEWS about the operation of South Korea's largest university and why studying there is a great experience for any student, how much money one has to take with them, and why they have to be ready for particular manifestations of nationalism, spicy food and history lessons.
With its incredible mix of medieval, gothic, Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Soviet and contemporary architecture, Riga can be rightfully called the city of contrasts.