Posts By: Rina Tse

19 Aug
2017
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 ...
18 Aug
2017
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 ...
10 Aug
2017
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. ...
03 Aug
2017
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 ...
28 Jul
2017
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 ...
26 Jul
2017
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 ...
25 Jul
2017
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 ...
24 Jul
2017
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 ...
19 Jul
2017
Italki is an online platform that connects teachers and students from all over the world, allowing you to learn from a native speaker from the comfort of your home. Or wherever there’s internet. Setting up your first lesson is almost as easy as a google search – find your language, select a teacher then schedule ...
18 Jul
2017
I was walking down Nevsky prospect with a hostel mate early one morning. He couldn’t get over the number of columns there were everywhere, remarking that is was like being in Rome or something. So how is it that a city in Russia came to be influenced by Italian design? It starts with the transition ...