Food for Thought: What is Russian Lent?

What is Russian Lent? The Great Fast (Великий Пост) is an extremely important period for Russian Orthodox believers. By abstaining from certain foods and behaviours, they prepare their bodies and minds for Easter (Пасха). As a vegetarian, I think that Lent is a great time to be in Russia – basically every restaurant has a… Continue reading

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March 8th – Celebrating Women’s Day in Russia

March 8th - Celebrating Women's Day in Russia

Every year on March 8th Russian women become the center of attention. This day is reserved for Russian men to pamper their wife, girlfriend, mother, sisters and favorite female co-workers with flowers, little presents or just an extra bit of attention. In a way, Women’s Day in Russia is like a mixture between Valentine’s and… Continue reading

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Top 10 List of Moscow’s Best Bookstores

Moscow's best bookstores

Moscow Bookstores Moscow is among the best cities in the world to buy books. Being that Moscow is so diverse, the city naturally has a plethora of great bookstores for all types of readers. Maybe you’re into crime, or romance, or some wacky combination of the two, or you just want a souvenir to take… Continue reading

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Quick Tips: Discovering Moscow’s Winter Wonderland

Moscow's Winter Wonderland

Moscow’s Winter Wonderland Moscow’s winters are long. Really long. Five months out of the year temperatures rarely rise above freezing. So it’s no surprise Muscovites have a few tricks up their sleeves for having loads of fun through winters that seem to stretch on forever. We’ve compiled a list of the most fun ways to… Continue reading

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How To Trick Your Brain into Speaking Russian Fast

Russian Fast

Ты говоришь по-русски? If you understand the above phrase, wonderful, apply what I’m about to say to your next language. If you’re just now getting the results back from Google Translate, we have work to do. Chances are you’ve been studying Russian longer than you would’ve liked. Maybe you’re taking it easy, a word a… Continue reading

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