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Posts by: Emily Ziffer

03 Aug
2017
Exciting news from St. Petersburg: yesterday, for about two hours, we were blessed with the rare and exciting opportunity to see the sun. What’s more, as I write this the sun is somehow miraculously shining, and all of us here at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg are hoping, perhaps naively, that summer has, at last, ...
31 Jul
2017
A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Moscow to visit a good friend of mine, Olya, who lived in Saint Petersburg when I studied here a few years ago, and recently got married and had a baby. I tend to love all babies but am particularly taken with the babies of close friends, ...
27 Jul
2017
I’ve always been a sucker for artsy spaces. Bookstores, coffee shops, galleries, studios–anywhere that sells crafts, handmade gizmos and gadgets and I’m there. I was, therefore, thrilled to discover that throughout Saint Petersburg are several spaces that are solely dedicated to small businesses in the fields of art, design, and any sort of craft food/product. ...
21 Jul
2017
Despite all evidence to the contrary, it is, in fact, summer in St. Petersburg. Even though it’s been largely cold and rainy since my arrival in June, every once in awhile the sun decides to come out, and when it does, you can see young lovers strolling down the streets and lounging in parks at ...
20 Jul
2017
A few weeks ago I did a spotlight on three must-read contemporary female Russian poets, and this time I’m following up with a spotlight on contemporary Russian prose. I’d venture to guess that most of us who study Russian literature are generally presented with the classics: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov. While I ...
18 Jul
2017
Whenever I travel, my first order of business is to find the local rock gym. As a lifelong climbing (скалолазание) addict, I suffer near emotional collapse if there’s not a decent climbing gym (скалодром) in close proximity. Luckily, Petersburg has multiple gyms dispersed throughout the city, and I’ve been spending the past month exploring them ...
13 Jul
2017
Confession number three: I might be a hypochondriac, or, in Russian, ипохондрик. At the first sign of a cold, I’m liable to convince myself that I’m about to die any variety of tragic deaths. When I first arrived in Russia I accidentally cut my toe on a piece of broken glass and spent a week ...
11 Jul
2017
I’m going to begin this post with another confession. In my last post, I admitted that I love marshrutkas, and in this one I’m going to come clean once again: I am a сладкоежка. Whereas in English we use the more figurative construction of “I have a sweet tooth,” the Russians express the concept more literally: ...
09 Jul
2017
Okay, I’ll admit it: I love marshrutkas. What could be finer than being smushed into a minivan with a gaggle of Russians while you zoom through St. Petersburg at breakneck speeds? The first time I lived in St. Petersburg, the best way to get from the metro to my apartment was by marshrutka, and I ...
07 Jul
2017
One thing’s for certain: Russians love their poets. Ask any Russian to recite some poetry and they can draw from an impressively hefty arsenal. If you’re a student of Russian, you, too, have likely been forced to memorize several Russian poems, and are familiar with names such as Akhmatova, Pushkin, Tsvetaeva, Mayakovsky, Mandelstam, Pasternak, among ...