Goodbye – my compliments to the school

This post will not be a goodbye to Russia, as I am not leaving Russia yet. In March, Luuk – you should read his articles – and I are taking the train to Vladivostok. This way, we can get a taste of what other parts of Russia are like. I know a few weeks is… Continue reading

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City Construction

I am impressed by the number of construction projects that are running in the city right now. The Lakhta Center is a good example of incredible building speed. It is a non-residential construction project, with diverse facilities, including offices, a science center, a hotel, conference halls, and its main function, the headquarter of Gazprom. It… Continue reading

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Ждун – From sculpture to symbol

Last year, the Dutch artist Margriet van Breevoort was asked to design a sculpture for the hallway of the LUMC hospital in Leiden. For this assignment, she designed a rather monstrous, grey creature with the head of an elephant seal and its arms resting on its shapeless belly. “This creature waits and hopes, and hope… Continue reading

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A trip to Vyborg

Vyborg is a town 130 kilometers to the northwest of Saint Petersburg, near the Gulf of Finland. It is a place with a long and turbulent history. Settlement dates from the 13th century onwards, and since then, the town has been a part of Sweden, then Russia, then Finland, then the Soviet Union, then Finland… Continue reading

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Wanted: Tower from the movie The Return

The Return (Russian: Возвращение) is a 2003 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Its director is also known for his movies The Banishment (Изгнание), Elena (Елена) and Leviathan (Левиафан). I have seen The Return several times, and still consider it as one of my favorites. The movie tells the story of Andrey and Ivan… Continue reading

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Frost at Ladoga Lake – genuine cold

Frost at Ladoga Lake The last days were cold. The temperature fell to – 22ºC. The strong wind fanned the flames, as it blew the cold right in your face. I should add that I spent the last weekend on the banks of the Ladoga Lake, which made staying outside for longer than an hour… Continue reading

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Five things to do on the escalator of the metro

Five things you can do on the escalator of the Saint Petersburg metro The Saint Petersburg metro is one of the deepest metro systems in the world. To make things easier for passengers, every metro station has immense escalators. The majority of the escalator goers just stares blankly into space as they descend. But, this… Continue reading

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Take a walk

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Take a walk Where I am from, people cover most distances by bike. Since my arrival in Saint Petersburg, I have walked a lot. Not only from home to school and vice versa, or to a certain destination, but also just went outside and took a walk. And now I have rediscovered the becalming effect… Continue reading

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