Posts by: Claire Burchett - Page 2

29 Jul
2017
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. ...
27 Jul
2017
If you are spending a prolonged period in Russia, you may be lucky enough to have friends or family from your native country coming to visit. My mum and sister came to visit me last week, and as with them, it is probably unlikely that a group of visitors will know any Russian or will ...
21 Jul
2017
It is a well-known fact that St. Petersburg’s architecture is some of the most beautiful in the world, but what about the secrets behind it? I went on a guided tour of the stairwells and back yards of the city to find out a bit more. For anyone unfamiliar with the general layout of an ...
20 Jul
2017
After over four months of living in Russia in total, I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to be a vegetarian here. My host family in Yaroslavl were not even taken aback by it, and I’ve only had one incident where I’ve had to argue that no it’s not ...
17 Jul
2017
Tauride Garden – Таврический сад The English gardener William Gould was charged with designing the Tauride Garden in true Romantic style, and it was originally laid out in 1783-9 for the estate of Catherine the Great’s favourite (and alleged lover) Grigory Potemkin. The Garden and the adjoining Tauride Palace are named after Potemkin’s title: Prince ...
14 Jul
2017
Каша is usually translated as porridge, but that is more of an umbrella term for the following four main types: Манная каша: made by cooking milk and semolina with a lot of sugar, tricky to cook and not healthy. Гречневая каша: made with buckwheat, which is particularly popular as a savoury side dish with beef ...
10 Jul
2017
St. Petersburg and northern Russia’s infamous White Nights season is drawing to a close, but the city’s inhabitants are still flocking to watch the bridges being raised and strolling the streets in the early hours. However, if ambling isn’t for you, but live music is, there are plenty of events going on to catch your fancy ...
07 Jul
2017
Здравствуйте! My name is Claire, and I am an English/French university student studying German and Russian in the UK. I’ll be interning at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg until the end of August. My love affair with Russian culture started off as a niche interest during my awkward teenage phase – I’m another one of ...