Исаакиевский собор – St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The beautiful and majestic St. Isaac’s Cathedral will surely give you one of – if not the best – view of the cultural capital of Russia. The largest Russian Orthodox cathedral took over 40 years to complete, but it was well worth it. On the same place were once three other cathedrals, but it was… Continue reading

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The Riga Opera Festival

The Riga Opera Festival has been taking place for 18 years now, and it has become a cherished tradition for many opera aficionados from Latvia and abroad. The event takes place at the Latvian National Opera House and starts June 5th and ends June 18th, and tickets have been for sale since January. Many performances that… Continue reading

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The “Хроники” bar

Last week I finally checked out this popular bar I often pass by on my way home – the “Хроники” (“Chronicles”) bar on 26 Nekrasova street, not far from the corner with Mayakovskogo street. This bar always opens at 18h00 and might be easy to miss if you come early in the evening, but by… Continue reading

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Orienteering and Geocaching in Latvia

Did you know Orienteering and Geocaching are two very popular outdoor activities amongst Rigans? Turns out orienteering is a big thing in Latvia, so much so that they organize several competitions all over Latvia throughout the year. For those who are new to orienteering: basically it’s a family of sports in which you are running… Continue reading

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Креативные пространства (Creative spaces) in SPb

These so called creative spaces are a kind of establishments or business formations found in St. Petersburg and other cities of Russia. The idea behind it has been around for a while: creative spaces resemble the phalanstères (or Phalansteries) of Charles Fourier – French philosopher and socialist thinker (1772-1837). A phalanstére was supposed to be… Continue reading

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What does the “Average Ivan” eat?

I don’t know how well informed you are on the matter, but I am here to tell you that I know for a fact that Russians don’t eat borsch and Salad Olivier (aka Russian salad) everyday. However, they do consume these dishes – and many others – more often than in other countries. So what… Continue reading

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4 Amazing Libraries in Moscow

Amazing Libraries

4 Amazing Libraries in Moscow And because we are in the Year of Literature, I thought it was appropriate to tell you about some of the amazing libraries in Moscow I wholeheartedly recommend you to visit! Российская государственная библиотека (Russian State Library) Let’s start with the largest library in Europe and 4th largest in the world, known by… Continue reading

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Yaroslavl – One of the Golden Ring cities of Russia

Ярославль – located about 250 kilometers from Moscow, this city carries over 1,000 years of Russian history and is one of the Golden Ring cities of Russia. Yaroslavl is the home to the first theatre in Russia – The Volkov Theater, named after Fyodor Volkov. The theatre today hosts many classical and modern works from… Continue reading

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