Posts By: Leah E

25 Apr
2018
Do Russians speak with regional Russian Accents? Have you ever heard of different Russian accents? In the UK, where I’m from, accents are a big deal. Regional accents can vary hugely across distances of just a few miles, and accents are often used (however unfairly) as a basis for judgements about a person’s background, class ...
19 Apr
2018
You don’t need to spend a long time in Russia to start noticing all the flowers (цветы). Walk down any road and, within minutes, you’ll most likely walk past a street vendor or flower shop. In the evenings, the pavements are filled with Russians carrying bouquets for their dates or hosts for the evening. Indeed, ...
10 Apr
2018
There was a saying in the former Soviet Union: “Today he plays jazz, tomorrow he’ll sell out his motherland”. Back then, jazz was seen as Western, subversive and something not to be trusted. Fortunately, times have changed, and today St. Petersburg attracts top jazz performers from across Russia and indeed the world. Every year, the ...
05 Apr
2018
Tea has occupied a special place in Russian culture since the 17th century, when it was gifted to Tsar Michael I by the Mongolians. It quickly became the warming beverage of choice among Russian seeking to colonise the icy Siberian region and has been a staple in Russian kitchens ever since. Today, over 80% of ...
03 Apr
2018
Ballet has its origins in 15th century Italy. Although the art form quickly spread to the rest of Western Europe, it wasn’t introduced to Russia until much later, as part of Peter the Great’s efforts to modernise the country in the 18th century. With the patronage of Empress Anna and, later, Catherine the Great, Russian ...
19 Mar
2018
If you love Russian literature, St. Petersburg is a dream destination. Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Nabokov… Almost all the great Russian writers spent time in this beautiful city. Wandering along the canals beneath the grand buildings, it’s hard not to feel inspired as well. So what can you do to find out more about St. ...
19 Mar
2018
Russian Easter traditions were suppressed in the Soviet era, but many have since been revived to their former glory.  Now, Easter, or Paskha (Пасха), is one of Russia’s biggest holidays. While there are many denominations in Russia that celebrate Easter, the Russian Orthodox church is the largest – and its Easter celebrations are certainly worth ...
15 Mar
2018
A lot of vegetarian and vegan visitors to St. Petersburg worry about finding places that cater to their dietary requirements. While it’s true that a lot of famous Russian dishes contain meat (think stroganoff, caviar and of course the chicken kiev), St. Petersburg has no shortage of meat-free dining. Here are a few top picks ...