Going Green: Eating Vegan in St. Petersburg

After over four months of living in Russia in total, I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to be a vegetarian here. My host family in Yaroslavl were not even taken aback by it, and I’ve only had one incident where I’ve had to argue that no it’s not… Continue reading

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Spotlight on: Каша

Каша is usually translated as porridge, but that is more of an umbrella term for the following four main types: Манная каша: made by cooking milk and semolina with a lot of sugar, tricky to cook and not healthy. Гречневая каша: made with buckwheat, which is particularly popular as a savoury side dish with beef… Continue reading

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How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Russian

I’m going to begin this post with another confession. In my last post, I admitted that I love marshrutkas, and in this one I’m going to come clean once again: I am a сладкоежка. Whereas in English we use the more figurative construction of “I have a sweet tooth,” the Russians express the concept more literally:… Continue reading

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A Small Dictionary of Coffee

It’s the first week of classes for me here in St. Petersburg, which means that 1. After two weeks of vacation I need to start waking up early again, which means that 2. I need coffee. Luckily, right on the banks of the Neva is one of Petersburg’s hidden gems: Russia’s first and only Museum… Continue reading

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Pioner Cinema on Kutuzousky is the Best Movie Theater in Moscow

Pioner Cinema

Pioner Cinema on Kutuzousky Pioner Cinema on Kutuzousky has quickly become Moscow’s go-to spot for lovers of all types of cinema. Established in 2009, Pioner shows everything from present-day box-office hits to art-house and art-mainstream blockbusters to classic cinematic masterpieces in their famed “At the Cinema, At Last” events. History Pioner first opened its doors… Continue reading

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