Top Tips about Communal Kitchens

If you’re thinking about studying in Russia, one of the first things you’ll be thinking about is accommodations. You might decide to stay in a flat with roommates, with a host family or you might organize a shared flat provided by Liden & Denz. Whatever the case, you’ll likely end up sharing space with people and one of the most vital places is the kitchen. Here are six tips to make the most of your stay and ensure you all get along. Timing Pick a good time to use the kitchen, especially if it’s small. Peak times are usually around eight in the morning, noon and six to seven in the evening, so I’d try to work around that. It was actually quite nice early in the morning as the whole building would be quiet, even the receptionist would be asleep behind the desk. That’s ...

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This Day in History: Inauguration of St. Isaac’s Cathedral

During my time in St. Petersburg so far, I have walked past St. Isaac’s Cathedral and been quietly impressed with it more times than I can say. However, I never took the time to find out about the history of it, but the 249th anniversary of its inauguration today has given me a great opportunity to do just that. The St. Isaac’s which was inaugurated in 1768 is not the cathedral you see today, but was the third cathedral dedicated to St. Isaac to stand on that spot. The construction of the third version was dragged out and then the result was dissatisfying due to its clumsiness and simplicity in comparison to the grandeur of Petersburg architecture, so the question of re-building it arose quickly. Alexander I finally ordered its re-construction to celebrate his victory over Napo ...

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Russian farewell – До свидания!

After five wonderful weeks in Moscow it is now time to return to London! The past weeks have exceeded all my expectations and Moscow has definitely become one of my favourite cities. Before I came to Moscow I had the apprehensions that many other students do like while my Russian improve or who will I make friends with? All these worries were quickly resolved. After classes from 10-2 every day and speaking Russian on the street my language quickly improved, especially my listening ability, and I felt much comfortable with pronunciations and speaking then I had after two years of university learning! I really enjoyed my time in the Liden & Denz classes. Initially the idea of speaking Russian through the entire class was daunting but it soon became comfortable and very helpful. I met man ...

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Farewell, Rina!

До свидания Rina! It is sadly time to bid farewell to another one of our great interns. Rina is on her way back to Canada, so I asked her a few questions to find out about her time in Russia, working and studying at Liden & Denz. So, Rina, tell me a little bit about yourself .  Well, my name is Rina, I am 22 years old and I am an University student from Toronto, Canada. I’m studying forensic science and I’ve been interning at Liden & Denz for the past two months. Before coming to Russia, I’ve been studying Russian for about a year, mostly by myself or with the help of an online teacher. Why did you come to Russia and what inspired you to study Russian in the first place? Well, I’ve always been kind of curious about learning Russian. In Toronto, I’d sometimes see these Ukrainian and ...

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New Holland: A Creative Cultural Hub in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is, of course, renowned for housing some of the most marvellous museums, beautiful buildings and majestic monuments in the world. Despite the fact that they are all lovely in their own right, these are not the only things that the city has to offer to visitors and residents alike. Sometimes, it is simply pleasant to do something different all the while relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Thus, if you feel like discovering a lively yet tranquil place, visiting Новая Голландия (New Holland) is a must! A Brief History Historically, New Holland was built in the 18th century and it was traditionally linked with the Admiralty. It was Пётр Великий (Peter the Great) who decided to invite Dutch shipbuilders to the city in order to help build Saint Petersbur ...

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