The Homestay Experience: Living with a Russian Babushka

The Homestay experience can seem daunting, but after a while, you'll settle right in!

When I studied in St Petersburg last year, I decided to stay with a host-family, or homestay. I had done the same when I studied in Yaroslavl, so I had an idea of what to expect. Nonetheless, it was still a daunting prospect. I was still apprehensive about a few things; would I get on… Continue reading

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Leningrad – The Russian rock band that holds nothing back

Leningrad live

If there is one Russian music group that dares to push the bounds of social propriety, it is Leningrad. Founded in 1997 by Sergey Shnurov, they’ve been winding up the political elites of Russia since then. The former Mayor of Moscow even banned them playing in the city for a while. Their reputation, or perhaps… Continue reading

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Russian Language Mistakes Everyone Makes

Language mistakes

If I had a rouble for every time I made mistakes that led to cringing embarrassment of epic, Bridget Jones’ proportion, I’d probably be able to buy all the snacks from the Liden & Denz vending machine. There are just so many funny, and altogether common mistakes we all make when learning Russian. Such is… Continue reading

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Russian Stereotypes: Times Russia out-Russia-ed herself

The stereotypes of Ladas being a multi-purpose vehicle are, well, largely true...

Russia truly is a wonderful country. It has a fascinating history, a rich language, and is a cultural powerhouse that has greatly contributed to world culture. However, Russia has also acquired some stereotypes over the years for being a country where certain situations only ever seem to happen in Russia. Anyone remember that viral video… Continue reading

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Top “Provincial” Russian Cities to Visit

Yaroslavl is a provincial city not far from Moscow

St Petersburg and Moscow are the two cities that most foreign tourists will go to when they visit Russia. Most often the case, they may be the only cities that tourists visit. But of course, there is more to Russia than Moscow or Petersburg. Each of the “provincial” cities have their own character, dialect, traditions… Continue reading

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