Russia from the Very Beginning

Beginner's luck

One Month into the Experience of a Rookie To celebrate my one-month anniversary in Moscow, I decided to start a blog series of the lessons I’ve learned.  I have been to Moscow before, yes, but under the close watch of a professor in a large group. Traveling alone is an entirely different experience. Especially if… Continue reading


Nourish Your Language: Foodie Words Refashioned

Nourish Your Language

Nourish Your Language: Foodie Words Refashioned Russian language is rich with proverbs, idioms, slang and aphorisms, and Russians don’t shy away from employing them! Being a lover of food, and a lover of language, I thought I would put together a handful of my favourite sayings and alternative definitions, all related to the most common… Continue reading


Navigating Russian Streets

Moscow Street Signs

What do all these abbreviations mean? Moscow Street signs, mystery solved! Keep reading…   If you have never studied Russian before, there will be many things to learn upon your arrival.  Even if you have an elementary knowledge of the language, the addresses may still be confusing.  Unlike some countries in the west, Russian addresses… Continue reading


Applying for a Russian Student Visa: What Not to Do

Russia Student Visa

The Visa Process is Not to Be Rushed I, as I am sure many of you are, was incredibly eager to start my studies in Moscow. When applying to Liden & Denz I was informed that student visas take a minimum of five weeks to be processed; I wanted to start in four. Nevertheless, I… Continue reading


Studying Russian- Tips

Learning a language

Studying Russian- Tips I started studying Russian at school when I was about 14, although I use the word ‘studying’ loosely. In reality it was sitting in a classroom staring into space while a teacher attempted to communicate with us in unintelligible sounds- which I now assume were the Russian language. It wasn’t until I… Continue reading