Small Dictionary of Russian Trains

Travelling by train has always been a popular and cheap way to travel in Russia, and many do not think anything of journeys which last several days when venturing far. As a foreigner, travelling out of Moscow or Petersburg by train is a definite must-do. Not only do you get to explore outside the city… Continue reading

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There’s Something Fishy about Russian

I do have a soft spot for Russian proverbs and sayings, there just seems to be one for every situation that has ever existed. My previous foray into the use of porridge to jazz up your language proved how much this basic foodstuff has made its way into everyday use, and I wondered: has this… 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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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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Spotlight on the Karelian Capital

If you have a bit of free travelling time at the end of your course, or simply want a weekend away from the big city, the Karelian capital Petrozavodsk is situated five hours away by train or by car from St. Petersburg and provides the perfect starting point to discovering the beauty of Northern Russia.… Continue reading

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