#studentlife : Hard Times and Strong Tea

student life challenges

#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.… Continue reading

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VDNKh: Top Three Temporary Exhibitions

VDNKh Top Three

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… Continue reading

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Moscow White House – If Only Walls Could Talk

Moscow White House

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… Continue reading

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Idea for the Weekend: Folklore Festival in Ismailovo

Idea for the weekend Ismailovo

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,… Continue reading

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Theatre in Life, Life in Theatre

Theatre in life

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… Continue reading

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Round and Round: the New Moscow Central Circle

Moscow Central Circle

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… Continue reading

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Light up the Night

Light up the Night

Light up the Night Moscow at night is a sight to behold: if there’s one thing Muscovites get right it’s ethereal uplighting and twinkly electric stars. I challenge you to stand on Red Square after dark and not be overawed by the shadows cast by the trees along the Kremlin’s scarlet walls, the shimmering gold… Continue reading

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What’s on the Box?

What’s on the Box? I have always found that what’s on the box abroad can be a curious thing. Foreign language aside, television culture from one country to the next can differ so much, from the way the News is presented to the amount of time set aside for children’s shows, from the types of… Continue reading

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