Farewell to Russia and Stereotypes

Today marks the six month anniversary of my initial move to Russia in February, and my flight back to the UK. To find a way to say goodbye to this wonderful, crazy country, I thought I would take some classic stereotypes and bash them with my experiences. Russians are grumpy all the time It’s easy… Continue reading

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Brushing Up on (Modern) History

I am a self-professed history nerd, especially when it comes to modern history. As I’m now into my final week in St. Petersburg, I find myself looking at the long list of must-see sights I made in my first week and despairing at how few I’ve managed to cross off. Russia’s modern history was one… Continue reading

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A Very Russian Birthday

Anyone who has had any interaction with me in the last few weeks will know that it is my birthday today – and that I still get about way too over-excited about it. To further fuel my enthusiasm (and, of course, further deepen my understanding of Russian culture) here are some of the traditions and… Continue reading

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This Day in History: Inauguration of St. Isaac’s Cathedral

During my time in St. Petersburg so far, I have walked past St. Isaac’s Cathedral and been quietly impressed with it more times than I can say. However, I never took the time to find out about the history of it, but the 249th anniversary of its inauguration today has given me a great opportunity… Continue reading

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Laughing Hens and Silent Cows

Back by popular demand, here are some more widely-used and wonderful Russian sayings, this time all following the theme of animals. Enjoy! Чья бы корова мычала, а твоя бы молчала Корова is the Russian for cow, and what do cows do? They either moo – мычать, or stay silent – молчать. Thus, whose cow would… Continue reading

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