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Every country has interesting customs and somewhat bizarre stereotypes that might surprise a foreign visitor or even a local millennial, and Russia is no exception. Knowing them just might come in handy, or at least make for great random trivia to stump your friends.
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!
Why do we love cartoons? They’re art, they’re short, and they make us laugh and cry and experience a rainbow of emotions. And most of all, they help us reconnect with our inner child. Here’s what to add to your watch list this long weekend.
Winter’s coming to a close, and you can definitely feel it in this month’s playlist, infused with yearning and excitement for the warmer days – and, perhaps, a bit of angst at the onslaught of snow (and slush) this February has brought us. Without further ado, here are our team’s favorite tunes of the month.
Isaac Asimov, Stanisław Lem, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Robert Heinlein, Liu Cixin – the list of sci-fi writers goes on and on. But how can you start your journey to the world of science fiction without getting lost? What is the importance of books in our life? And is it possible to become a genius by reading science fiction? During an online meeting, Olga Lakhtacheva, curator of the LUFF fantasy and science fiction club, and Maria Andreyanova, a popularizer of Ray Bradbury's work and an employee of the library named after Alexander Griboyedov answered these and many other questions.
Welcoming the new moon on February 12, 2021, the world begins to celebrate the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year. We asked our international students from China about how they keep up their traditions and celebrate it in St. Petersburg.
Another month comes to a close, and with it comes another round-up of our editorial team’s top tunes of the past four-and-a-bit weeks. The excitement of leaving 2020 behind has given way to snow-(and slush)-induced moodiness, but the spirit is still there, so this month we’ve been enjoying a mix of poppy tunes and thoughtful ballads. Let’s roll!
It's late December, which means you're probably tired as heck of hearing All I Want… and Last Christmas out of every toaster. In that case, you’ll find joyful salvation in our team’s selection of the month’s top tunes – all hand-picked, 100% organic, and full of holiday spirit!
Well, you alcoholics, idlers, hooligans… Who wants to work today? This is not us picking on you – it's a quote from a famous Soviet movie that every Russian knows by heart. These mind-boggling catchphrases and witticisms might have you scratching your head when you hear your friends use them, seemingly at random. But they're part of the Russian psyche, and you can get in on the game!
It might be the 21st century and we are planning our trips to Mars – but don’t let that fool you! Some of us still believe in superstitions and in some kind of spooky force out there casting good or bad luck our way. And if you are in for some luck, wealth, love, and maybe good grades, keep on reading – we know the secrets and are eager to fill you in.