From Overture to Grand Finale: Tchaikovsky International and Eternal Legacy

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From Overture to Grand Finale: Tchaikovsky International and Eternal Legacy It doesn’t take a Russophile to know the name Tchaikovsky and be able to enjoy all the way from overture to the grand finale. It doesn’t even take a music genius. Tchaikovsky’s name is known worldwide: his compositions are some of the most recognisable pieces… Continue reading

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So Long, Farewell!

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So Long, Farewell! So the time has come to say take my last selfies on Red Square, buy my last few matryoshkas and say my goodbyes, or my до свидание’s! Time has passed so quickly, bringing to mind Turgenev’s words from Fathers and Sons: “for nowhere in the world does [time] fly as in Russia.”… Continue reading

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#studentlife: (No) Free Time

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#studentlife: (No) Free Time For the last three months I have been living with my friend Karina, a student in one of Moscow’s top universities. In a previous #studentlife post, I wrote about the inefficiencies faced by Karina and many other Russian students within their chosen educational establishments, from corruption to the lack of influence… Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like… New Year!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like… New Year! So December is well underway and that means one thing: Christmas! Except, Christmas isn’t quite the same over here in Russia. First of all, they celebrate New Year (Новый год), a tradition that is a remnant of the atheist Soviet state. Christmas, which falls on the… Continue reading

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Rhyme or Reason: Why I Study Russian

Rhyme or Reason: Why I Study Russian As I come to the end of my stay in Russia and I look ahead to what my future may hold, I can’t help but ask the question: why do I and so many others study Russian? I am not the only one that asks that question, either…… Continue reading

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Russian Winter Words

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Russian Winter Words As winter arrived and snow began to fall, I realised that I lacked the vocab that is most needed right now – words to help me describe the weather! I don’t mean any old weather, I mean the words to describe more specifically how the conditions on the street are making your… Continue reading

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An Unexpected Discovery: Tsereteli’s Museum-Studio

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An Unexpected Discovery: Tsereteli’s Museum-Studio Recently, I happened across the strangest but most fabulous place. I was absentmindedly walking in the general direction of the Moscow Zoo, hoping to discover some unknown spots – I was not disappointed. On Gruzinskaya Square, not far from Barrikadnaya metro station, there is a line of ginormous statues across… Continue reading

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Review: Saigon Vietnamese Cafe

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Review: Saigon Vietnamese Cafe Not more than a three-minute walk from Liden & Denz Moscow is Saigon (Сайгон), a Vietnamese cafe that offers great value and decent food. Especially popular with people that work in the area, their business lunch menu offers filling, simple dishes for low prices. For a mere 270 roubles you can… Continue reading

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