Posts By: Ellie

25 Oct
2016
More than just Cosmetics: Lush Russia When I studied abroad during university and started to feel a bit homesick, I had the perfect cure: go to a Brithish Lush Russia shop. That may seem strange to most but having worked for Lush as a sales assistant, the smell of their shops is like the smell ...
20 Oct
2016
A Night at the Theatre: The Dog in the Manger at The Satire Theatre I love going to the theatre. Whether it’s to see a musical or a serious drama, a comedy or a ballet, the theatre always leaves me with the feeling that I’ve spent my time (and money) well. Be it in the ...
18 Oct
2016
Moskvarium: Not a Whale of a Time It is no secret that my favourite place in Moscow is and always has been VDNKh (ВДНХ). So imagine my disappointment and distress when, in 2015, I found out what the latest attraction in the park was to be: the biggest aquarium in Europe. Although I have been ...
13 Oct
2016
Nourish Your Language: Foodie Words Refashioned Russian language is rich with proverbs, idioms, slang and aphorisms, and Russians don’t shy away from employing them! Being a lover of food, and a lover of language, I thought I would put together a handful of my favourite sayings and alternative definitions, all related to the most common ...
11 Oct
2016
#studentlife : Hard Times and Strong Tea Life for a university student anywhere in the world is, and should be, hard. Of course students have diverse experiences: some work during their studies, whilst others don’t; some commute from far-flung family homes, whilst others live in nearby rented accommodation, often financially crippling themselves in the process. ...
06 Oct
2016
VDNKh: Top Three Temporary Exhibitions Known until only recently as The All-Russian Exhibition Centre and now by its original name, VDNKh (ВДНХ), this really is the perfect place to engage with exhibitions on a broad range of themes and topics. The magnificent pavilions house an entire host of retrospectives, expos and fairs throughout the year: I ...
04 Oct
2016
Moscow White House – If Only Walls Could Talk Flicking through my Moscow guidebook last month, I was pleased to be reminded that Moscow has its very own White House. Moscow’s Белый Дом is a governmental building and is the official workplace of the Russian Prime Minister. Like Washington’s White House, the Moscow version gained ...
30 Sep
2016
Idea for the Weekend: Folklore Festival in Ismailovo   For some reason, few visitors to Moscow seem to know about the Ismailovo Kremlin. The word ‘Kremlin’ for most brings to mind the imposing and infamous scarlet walls around the fortress by Red Square. It is a symbol of Moscow, of Russia, of authority and dictatorship, ...
29 Sep
2016
Theatre in Life, Life in Theatre Just a stone’s throw from Paveletsky Station is the Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum (Государственный центральный театральный музей имени А. А. Бахрушина). Named for its founder, the merchant and advocate of the arts Aleksei Alexandrovich Bakhrushin, the Museum is compact, despite being housed in Bakhrushin’s own manor. Glorious and ...
28 Sep
2016
Round and Round: the New Moscow Central Circle On the 10th September a new line opened on the Moscow Metro circuit: the Moscow Central Circle, or MCC (Московское центральное кольцо, МЦК). The new route, drawn on my handy Yandex Metro app map in a dusty pink that Farrow and Ball would possibly care to call ...