Posts by: Luuk Winkelmolen

24 Feb
2017
Three months have passed – goodbye Saint-Petersburg This is the second time I have lived for a period of three months in Russia’s second largest city. Last time I went to Saint-Petersburg, the whole city was new to me. To explore the city I strolled around a lot, and got to know many interesting places. ...
18 Feb
2017
Tramway over the ice of the Neva river The first tram system ran through the streets of Saint-Petersburg in 1865. A ticket for a ride with this horsecar cost 5 kopeks. When you decided to travel on the roof it only cost 3 kopeks. From 1895 till 1910, a very unusual way of crossing the ...
12 Feb
2017
Towards the East – The Trans-Siberian Railway For quite some time I have the wish to travel across Russia with the by Tsar Nicholas II built railway. I would like to learn more about the Russian landscape, and about the daily life in different Russian cities. Therefore, traveling by Trans-Siberian Express all the way to Vladivostok ...
31 Jan
2017
The Russian wood stove The wood stove forms the center of a traditional Russian house. This type of stove is very expansive in size, but very efficient when it comes to energy. Because of its design, heat can be retained for a long time. A good stove requires fueling only twice a day. This significant element ...
17 Jan
2017
Night Train to Murmansk In the winter holidays, I took the night train to Murmansk. Its location in the far North and its mythical name have always intrigued me. Besides this, traveling by night train seemed like a pleasant way to get from one place to another. I bought platskart tickets for this 52 hour trip (back and ...
10 Jan
2017
Pretending to be Russian Living in Saint-Petersburg as a Dutch student is in my opinion more fun when you try to act like Russian people. In this way you can pretend to be Russian. In the following situations I tested this. Enjoy you meal! – prijátnovo appetíta! Saying prijátnovo to say ‘enjoy your meal’ instead of ...
15 Dec
2016
24 HOURS WITH… A lot of stores in Saint-Petersburg is open 24 hours a day. THE ПРОДУКТЫ This literally means ‘products’ and is the name of small food stores which can be found in almost every street in the city. You can go there 24 hours a day to buy bread, juice, chocolate and cigarettes. ...
13 Dec
2016
Searching unusual courtyards in Saint-Petersburg This is my second week in Saint-Petersburg and I very much like to walk through the city. One of the first nights here I went outside for a walk and asked one of the Russian roommates of the hostel I am currently living in, whether he would like to join ...
07 Dec
2016
The Mikhailovsky Castle: housing the Romanovs One of the various beautiful palaces and parks, located in the city of Saint-Petersburg is the former residence of Grand Duke and Romanov Pavel Petrovich I and his family. The initial ideas for the architectural style of the castle came from Pavel himself, not wanting to live in the, ...
06 Dec
2016
Russian Comeback, Feels Like I Never Left: Hello St. Petersburg! Russian Comeback is a phrase that means a lot! To begin with, Hello, my name is Luuk Winkelmolen. I am a 23 year old Dutch Human Geography student from Radboud University in Nijmegen and I just arrived in Saint-Petersburg. I am currently studying Russian at ...