Posts by: Allison.Heitmiller - Page 2

27 Jan
2015
On this day in 1944 the siege of Leningrad was officially lifted when the Soviet offensive pushed German forces out of the city. It is one of the longest lasting and catastrophic sieges in history. The blockade began on the 8th of July in 1941 and lasted nearly 900 days. Leningrad was officially cut off ...
26 Jan
2015
Student Story: My First Impressions of Moscow Firs impressions, and impressions in general, after traveling to Russia usually includes visiting a minimum of two cities, St.Petersburg and Moscow. Hopefully travelers will manage to see more of Russia, as St.Petersburg and Moscow only offer a very specific experience, however sometimes due to time, money, or visa ...
25 Jan
2015
Have you heard about Ra-Ra-Rasputin…? Anyone who has studied Russian history has likely been captivated by the mysterious figure that greatly influenced the last tsar and his entire family. This man, known as Rasputin, is one of the most talked about figures in Russian history, but does he really deserve all of the attention? Grigory ...
23 Jan
2015
656
No Comments
Every Friday I will post a staff member’s favorite Russian dish, along with the history of the food, cultural traditions, and a recipe. This week our recipe is Блины с икрой (blini with caviar). Blini are very thin pancakes, traditionally made of wheat, rye, or buckwheat flour. They can be eaten either as a meal or a ...
22 Jan
2015
One of Riga’s most popular and interesting attractions is the Riga Cat House. Located in Old Riga near the town center, the Cat House is easily spotted due to the two black cat statues situated on the roof. The building was originally constructed in 1909 and has art nouveau architecture. Although the building itself is ...
21 Jan
2015
6 “Must-See” Unusual Museums of St.Petersburg If you are not a classical tourist, and your goal are Unusual Museums – here are a couple of suggestions. 1. Дом вверх днем (Upside-Down House) This museum is exactly what is sounds like- a house that is flipped upside down! It is a very popular site in St.Petersburg, ...
20 Jan
2015
Watching Children’s TV is a Language Learning Tool Hello everyone! Waht is your main language learning tool ?! Today we will be looking at a good way to learn Russian that can be enjoyable and teach you about Russian culture at the same time. A great way to practice your Russian is through watching television ...
19 Jan
2015
5 Interesting Russian Language Facts Russian language facts are not something you read about every day. Nevertheless, Russian is a very mysterious language for those who do not speak it. To a beginner, it can be both exciting and overwhelming because the alphabet is very unique, words are not pronounced how they are written, and it is ...
18 Jan
2015
Suggestion To Experiment This Week – CoCoCo, local If you’re looking for local, feel-good restaurant, look no further. КоКоКо, or CoCoCo, is a unique restaurant and bar located in St. Petersburg, just a short walk away from Nevsky Prospekt. Established by Sergey Shnurov, they are well known for serving traditional Russian cuisine with a modern twist. Sergey ...
16 Jan
2015
The Red Army Ensemble Visited St. Petersburg! Last night the Alexandrov Ensemble of the Red Army performed a show at the Oktyabriskiy Big Concert Hall in St.Petersburg. Since 1998 the official the name of the ensemble is Академический ансамбль песни и пляски Российской Армии имени А. В. Александрова (Academic Ensemble of Song and Dance of the ...