Posts by: Allison.Heitmiller

13 Feb
2015
Goodbye St.Petersburg! I can’t believe that it is already time for me to say goodbye! My time in St.Petersburg has been wonderful, and I am sad to have to leave. It was only 6 weeks ago that I arrived, and time flew by very quickly! When I first arrived here I was so nervous and ...
10 Feb
2015
St.Petersburg is a city with an incredibly rich history, which visitors may experience for themselves in a multitude of ways. Many go to museums, wander through the streets and bridges, read old literature, or visit monuments to try and feel Russian history for themselves. While these are great options, another way to familiarize yourself with ...
08 Feb
2015
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For this week’s recipe I thought I would share what I found to be a weird Russian dish that I came to love. This dish is Винегрет (Vinegret), a salad commonly prepared for celebrations, but eaten all year round as well. Vinegret is served as a zakusky, an appetizer, to be eaten before the main ...
05 Feb
2015
Matthew Holehouse is currently a student at our St.Petersburg language center. He is a 27 year old journalist from London, currently working as the political corespondent for the Daily Telegraph.  How did you come up with idea to learn Russian, and why? I sort of wanted something to do with my Saturdays, is basically the ...
04 Feb
2015
On this day in 1945 the leaders of the Soviet Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom met to discuss the fate of Europe. The Yalta Conference, otherwise known as the Crimean Conference, began at a palace in Yalta, Crimea on February 4th, lasting a week. Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill met ...
02 Feb
2015
Over the weekend I spent a day visiting the Museum of Political History in St.Petersburg. It a located in a beautiful part of town, very near the Gorkovskaya metro station. The museum itself is historically significant. It took over what used to the the State Museum of Revolution, founded in 1919. Prominent members of the Bolshevik party ...
01 Feb
2015
Больше Кофе! (More Coffee!) is a cafe that I highly recommend checking out. Located just outside of Gorkovskaya metro station, it’s a gem that is easy to miss, as the cafe is built into a hill in Alexandrovsky Park. Yes, it’s actually built into the hill. It looks like a cross between a tiny castle and ...
30 Jan
2015
Russians celebrate the New Year all throughout the month of January, so I thought it would be fitting to talk about a food eaten during New Year’s celebrations. The staff favorite recipe today is Olivier salad. Olivier salad is eaten on New Year’s as a закуски (derives from the word “to bite”), which is like an ...
29 Jan
2015
Moscow’s Fallen Monument Park: Soviet Statue Graveyard Located on the Krymskaya Naberezhnaya embankment is a Fallen Monument park unlike any other in Moscow. The park is filled with statues and monuments left behind from the Soviet-era. In 1991, due to anti-Soviet sentiments, many of the statues and monuments of Soviet idols that were scattered throughout the ...
28 Jan
2015
Храм Спаса на Крови, often called the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood or the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, is a sight that you can’t miss on your trip to St.Petersburg. Even if you don’t tour the church, it would be nearly impossible to not see, as it is visible from the ...