May 9, Victory Day in Russia!

On May 9 Russia celebrates День Победы (Victory Day) and the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany during World War II in 1945. Great celebrations are taking place in all Russian cities, and Moscow and Saint Petersburg organize huge programs full of events during the whole weekend! On the Victory Day Russians remember… Continue reading


Leningrad Hero City Obelisk

Обелиск «Городу-герою Ленинграду» (Leningrad Hero City Obelisk) is located in the centre of Площадь Восстания (Ploshchad Vosstania). This obelisk is the first thing you see when you get out of the train station Московский Вокзал (Moscovsky Vokzal): it stands in the middle of the square surrounded by massive buildings and looks towards Nevsky prospekt. If… Continue reading


Saint Petersburg Icebreakers Festival

During this weekend Saint Petersburg holds Фестиваль Ледоколов 2015 (Icebreaker Festival 2015). This is the second year; the first festival in 2014 marked the 150-year anniversary of the ice-breaking operations in Saint Petersburg and 150 years since the shipbuilder Mikhail Britnev rebuilt the nose of one of his ships, adding a metal hull, and created… Continue reading


Russian Chocolate: Saint Petersburg’s N.K. Krupskaya Confectionery Factory

Russian Chocolate

Russian Chocolate: Saint Petersburg’s N.K. Krupskaya Confectionery Factory Russian cuisine offers really tasty and filling dishes, but sometimes foreigners find them not so easy to eat as Russian Chocolate. Therefore, everybody agrees on the great variety of delicious Russian sweets: пирожные (pastries), печение (biscuits), торт (cakes), конфети (candy), вафли (wafel). In Russian supermarkets there are usually… Continue reading


Do sauna like a Latvian!

When we talk about sauna, we think immediately about Finland or Russia, but this is an important part of Latvian life too. For Latvians sauna is a special ritual with which they don’t just cleanse their body but their soul too; so important that they established even a museum. If you have never experienced the… Continue reading


9 Russian Superstitions You Should Know About

Russian Superstitions

9 Russian Superstitions You Should Know About When you are in a foreign country and you meet a different culture you can easily get into misunderstandings. As you have probably already experienced for yourself, knowing the language of a country is not the same as knowing the culture and customs of the people who live… Continue reading


The Kremlin Regiment: An Elite Military Unit

Elite military

The Kremlin Regiment: An Elite Military Unit Elite military, Russia’s finest. For the ones who have been to Moscow and for those who have planned to visit the capital of Russia, one of the events that you shouldn’t miss is the change of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The change of… Continue reading


Fountains opening season

In Saint Petersburg people can’t wait for the warm season. We have already been honoured with sun and nice weather, that’s very unusual for Saint Petersburg. And now finally the ice melted completely and the days are getting longer, lighter and warmer too, luckily. That means we’ll have the chance to enjoy the city in… Continue reading