Top Tips about Communal Kitchens

If you’re thinking about studying in Russia, one of the first things you’ll be thinking about is accommodations. You might decide to stay in a flat with roommates, with a host family or you might organize a shared flat provided by Liden & Denz. Whatever the case, you’ll likely end up sharing space with people… Continue reading

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Day Trip to Peterhof

Peterhof is an absolute must see if you’re ever in town. Known as the ‘Russian Versailles’, it was deemed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It makes for a perfect day trip and isn’t far, about 30 kilometres from St Petersburg. We went first to Baltiskiy Station then took a marshrutka directly to Peterhof which… Continue reading

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The Case of Anna Anderson and the Missing Romanov

You’ve probably heard about the missing Romanov children, the whole debacle as to whether they survived, leading to imposters and decades of speculation. The most infamous case is probably that of Anna Anderson. Anderson came into the picture about two years after the fate of the Romanovs when she jumped off a bridge in Berlin.… Continue reading

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4 Ways to Memorize New Words

There’s endless debate about how many words you need to know in order to be ‘fluent’, I couldn’t try to put a number on it. When you consider learning a language, the expanse of vocabulary to learn can seem daunting but not when you consider it in increments. Here are a few ideas on how to… Continue reading

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Ivan the Terrible

There’s a lot that’s been said about Ivan the Terrible. He was insane, tyrannical, a reformist, even humanitarian. His history is as turbulent as his reputation and is a fascinating case study in both a historical and psychological context. Prior to Ivan’s reign, Russia had been undergoing a unifying movement that threatened aristocracies, namely the… Continue reading

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Visiting the Flea Market at Udelnaya

Looking for something to do this weekend and maybe pick up a unique souvenir? Head north down the Metro and check out the flea market at Udelnaya. If you like garage sales, this will be right up your alley. It’s easy to find, just outside Udelnaya station. Once you exit the metro, you’ll see a train… Continue reading

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Which St. Petersburg accommodation is more convenient?

Is Airbnb the best St. Petersburg accommodation ?

Looking for St. Petersburg accommodation but you don’t know what to choose? Let me tell you my story. A friend had an interesting idea. As he was packing to leave, we were talking about accommodations when travelling, is it better to rent a place, stay in a hotel and, when it came up that I’ll… Continue reading

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Websites to Help You Learn Cyrillic

Learn Cyrillic alphabet

Learning a new language is a challenge no doubt – internalising new words, new grammar and syntax while trying to have it come out with some semblance of fluency. And that’s just speaking and listening. Literacy is as much an integral component and adds another layer of complexity when it’s also a new alphabet. Though… Continue reading

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