Day Trip to Peterhof

Peterhof is an absolute must see if you’re ever in town. Known as the ‘Russian Versailles’, it was deemed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It makes for a perfect day trip and isn’t far, about 30 kilometres from St Petersburg. We went first to Baltiskiy Station then took a marshrutka directly to Peterhof which… Continue reading

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Laughing Hens and Silent Cows

Back by popular demand, here are some more widely-used and wonderful Russian sayings, this time all following the theme of animals. Enjoy! Чья бы корова мычала, а твоя бы молчала Корова is the Russian for cow, and what do cows do? They either moo – мычать, or stay silent – молчать. Thus, whose cow would… Continue reading

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We Need to Talk About Erarta

I should probably start this article by saying that I really know nothing about art. Of course, it’s fun to pretend – wandering aimlessly around galleries and regurgitating snippets you’ve read online or on the painting description to those around you to try and sound clever. However, Erarta (29th line, Vasilievsky island, 2) is a… Continue reading

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My time on a Russian TV show!

This week I have had the rather surreal experience of being involved in a Russian TV documentary. My friend and fellow Liden & Denz student, Martin, was the star of a documentary series on Moscow 24 focusing on foreign students studying in Russia. He asked me if I wanted to participate and I thought it… Continue reading

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Six Russian Riddles for Children

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Moscow to visit a good friend of mine, Olya, who lived in Saint Petersburg when I studied here a few years ago, and recently got married and had a baby. I tend to love all babies but am particularly taken with the babies of close friends,… Continue reading

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