Posts by: Daria

22 Sep
2020
The Altai Republic is one of Russia’s hidden treasures. It is situated in Siberia in the Altai Mountains and borders Mongolia and Kazakhstan. The republic is known for its incredible landscape consisting of bodies of water winding through mountain ranges. And although the landscape is reason enough to visit this Siberian gem, that’s not all ...
15 Sep
2020
Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” while in Russia to hopefully avoid any awkward encounters.  Number of Flowers in a Bouquet Last year, while I was in St. Petersburg, I went to buy flowers for my teacher on my last day. Not knowing that even number bouquets are reserved for funerals, I bought a bouquet ...
15 Aug
2020
I have spent the past 5 months in Russia, and there are a handful of apps that I use on a regular basis. I thought I would share them with you to make your trip a bit easier! Yandex Taxi Yandex Taxi is one of the best ways to order a taxi in Russia. Uber ...
15 Jul
2020
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Pskov is one of the oldest cities in Russia dating back to the year 903. The city used to sit on the border between Russia and Estonia before Russia took full control of the land; reminiscents of its rich history are still scattered throughout the province. And located just SW of St. Petersburg, on the ...
14 Jul
2020
I sat down with Martin from Germany who has spent the past 3 years studying Russian on and off. He has recently passed the TRKI-2 and will tell us about his experience as a student and life in St. Petersburg. Why did you decide to learn Russian? I was always interested in the culture, and ...
25 Jun
2020
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There is a ton of information on the internet about Russian punctuation, and it can be overwhelming, to say the least. Thankfully, when I was scouring the web, reading up on all the rules, I found a great video that summarizes the major ones and used it as a basis for this article. I hope ...
14 May
2020
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We are approaching two months of quarantine, and all our travel plans have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. However, thanks to the internet, we can experience some of Russia’s most well-known attractions right from our homes! Here are some of my favourite virtual travel experiences: Online Activities with Liden & Denz Checkout the Liden ...
08 May
2020
May 9th, 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Great Patriotic War. The war lasted from 1941 to 1945 and during that time the Soviet Union suffered more than 20 million casualties. It was an unimaginable 4 years filled with sacrifice, loss, and starvation, but ...
20 Apr
2020
When you think about visiting Russia, there are probably two places that come to mind: Moscow and St. Petersburg. But Russia is so much bigger than just Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the United States, we say that a person hasn’t seen the US if they’ve only been to New York or Los Angeles. The ...
08 Apr
2020
When you were born, you were probably given a first name, a middle name (maybe two or three), and a surname. You may have a parent’s name or a nickname, but it is most likely personal to the family. The Russian naming customs are a part of the language itself. They are very structured, and ...