The Best Russian Meat-Free Meals

Russian cuisine is delicious and varied, but meat does play a large role in the national diet. After all, this is a country famous for its kotleti (котлеты), shashlik (шашлык), and borscht (борщ). So how can a vegetarian try some traditional Russian food? Surprisingly, meat-free meals aren’t that hard to find, and plenty of dishes… Continue reading

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Why Studying in Irkutsk is Really Worth It

Want to learn Russian and feel the “real Russia”? Then come to Irkutsk! I spent two months this winter at the L&D school in Irkutsk and I am extremely happy with my stay. The school only recently opened and is based right in the city center of Irkutsk which is great. Located in a nice… Continue reading

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5 Tips on Travelling to Russia

Travelling to a foreign country can be a stressful experience – there is so much to organise, double check, then organise again! So, how can coming to Russia be made easier? Read on for five tips to help you in your travels here. 1) Make sure you apply for your visa in time Give yourself… Continue reading

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8 Benefits of Studying a Language Abroad

Do you want to travel somewhere new and exciting? Discover more about a different culture? Or maybe you want to improve your language skills quickly and effectively? Studying abroad is the best way to do all these things! Check out the list below to find out the advantages of studying a language abroad. 1) You learn things… Continue reading

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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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