Posts by: Vincent.Becker

26 Jun
2015
Time flies, or время летит as they say in Russian. I arrived 3 months ago and I can’t believe it’s already time to go back home. Accordingly, this my good-bye post. I wanted to share some of my experiences and give you some tips on how to make the most of your stay. This was ...
23 Jun
2015
Every once in a while one stumbles upon these hidden gems that surprise you in a good way. Last weekend I visited the Dostoevsky Museum, which of course was interesting, and on my way back home I stumbled upon the Russian State Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic. Well, stumble is maybe the wrong word ...
19 Jun
2015
There’s a lot going on at our Saint Petersburg office at the moment. Today for instance, we put the finishing touches on an addition to our cultural programme. We have added a new walking tour on Tuesdays! These tours will be free of charge for all students and will take around two hours. The tours will ...
19 Jun
2015
Even though I’m not a huge fan of the cat-dog dichotomy I must confess to being a cat person. My orientation is quite well known here at our office at Liden & Denz in Saint Petersburg, maybe because I often press important matters such as more cats on our Instagram account (@Lidenz). I took a ...
11 Jun
2015
Do you know that tomorrow, the 12th of June, is a national holiday in Russia? Do you know why? As you will learn from this post, even Russians are not exactly sure why tomorrow is a day off. Let’s investigate! On the 12th of June 1990 the Congress of People’s Deputies of the Russian SFSR ...
08 Jun
2015
Today’s post will explore three ways of how to explore Riga and its surroundings from three different points of view: Underground, on water and from above. 1. Underground During the Cold War, only a select few knew what was hidden under the “Ligatne Rehabilitation Centre”. A vacation resort was built above ground during the 60s ...
04 Jun
2015
This post will be slightly different than the ones you might be used to. However, this post will be about a place in St Petersburg – our new school! I thought it would be nice to have a closer look at our new school, and the neighbourhood. Getting There: Finding the new school is easy. ...
28 May
2015
Learning in Practice: Russian and Flashcards! When studying a foreign language one sooner or later must deal with the fact that one needs to learn, and memorize, a lot of new words. Earlier posts on this blog has dealt with websites such as memrise. Another method, probably one of the older, is the use of ...
25 May
2015
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Are you a cat person or a dog person? If you count yourself among the latter, this might not be the post for you. If you, however, are a true feline-fan you will be glad to hear that the subject of the day is Cats. Or more precisely: The new Cat Café in Moscow. Cat ...
21 May
2015
A short ride with public transport from Riga’s city centre will take you, almost literally, more than a 100 years back in time. No, I am not speaking of some sort of secret Latvian time machine-technology. I am of course speaking of another time machine, the Latvian Ethnographical Museum. The backbone of the museum is ...