Posts by: Leila Shannon

24 Sep
2021
Sustainable Travel to Russia: From Some of Europe’s Biggest Cities to Russia  Although current restrictions may be impeding our chances to travel, the ability to hanker after a future trip has not been quashed. Sustainable travel has become more and more possible and popular over recent years, but the thought of travelling such long distances ...
18 Sep
2021
5 Things to See at the Berthold Centre, St. Petersburg The Berthold Centre is a creative space in St. Petersburg which has been developed in a former factory. It is composed of a large courtyard, and the buildings surrounding it are home to independent businesses, many of which are very unique. Here are 5 things ...
15 Sep
2021
Goodbye Liden & Denz! After a busy two months, it’s time for me to say goodbye to Liden & Denz St. Petersburg. My Russian has improved immeasurably, I’ve learnt a lot about Russian culture and I’ve had a great time being a tourist in the city of St. Petersburg. I would deeply encourage anyone who ...
10 Sep
2021
Whale Watching in Russia: Where Can You Spot Whales in Russia? It is not rare for whales to pass through the waters which surround Russia, and in some regions of Russia a profitable tourism industry surrounding whale spotting has been created. Due to the size of Russia’s territory, the species of whales that can be ...
01 Sep
2021
Botanical Garden of Peter the Great: Things to Know Before You Visit St. Petersburg’s Botanical Garden On St. Petersburg’s Aptekarsky Island, the green paradise of the city’s Botanical Garden can offer respite from the built up metropolis. This garden is the most visited and well known of three botanical gardens in St Petersburg. Here is ...
30 Aug
2021
Eurovision and Russia: Everything You Need to Know I am a big Eurovision fan, and I find the attitudes of different countries towards Eurovision to be extremely interesting. Russia has participated in Eurovision since 1994 with varying degrees of success. But how popular is Eurovision in Russia, and does Russia have any stars who arose ...
27 Aug
2021
Sword of Damocles: What Is This Saying and How Can I Use It in Russian? You may have heard the saying Sword of Damocles being used in English, for example when somebody says that there is a Sword of Damocles hanging over their head. This saying can be directly translated into Russian as дамоклов меч, ...
25 Aug
2021
What is the Russian Авось? Авось is a widely used Russian saying which expresses a very specific concept. Although you may find that it is often translated as ‘perhaps’ or ‘with hope’, these English phrases do not represent the deeper concept that lies behind the Russian авось. I spoke to native Russian speakers to try ...
23 Aug
2021
A Guide to Buying a SIM Card in Russia Having the ability to gain access to the internet at any moment whilst abroad is extremely useful, especially in cities where many things, from looking at a menu in a restaurant or viewing a guide in a museum, rely on a good internet connection. Therefore, one ...
20 Aug
2021
Erarta St. Petersburg: Things to Know Before Your Visit Erarta is located in St. Petersburg, and is Russia’s largest private museum of contemporary art. The museum mainly features works by Russian artists, and also welcomes 40 temporary exhibitions every year. Here are my top tips for a successful visit to Erarta.  Plan the time of ...