A small dictionary of going to the barbers in St Petersburg

For a gentleman, straying away from your regular barber can be a pretty harrowing experience. It feels like cheating on your life-long companion. There’s also always that worry about trying something new with somebody else. Will they know what you like? Will they be experienced? When I left England to come to Russia I had no choice but to break-up with my barber. The long-distance relationship would never have worked. So arriving here, I knew that the time would eventually come when I had to move on…and I was petrified. Particularly considering some of the haircuts I had seen when out and about on Dumskaya. So, I waited a month. My previously fresh trim had become fluffy, my hairline, unshaped. I had no other choice. I decided to try a barber just off of Nevsky and I must say… I was incred ...

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Escaping Saint Petersburg for a day

Sometimes we all have to take a break from fast-paced life in the city, even if it is just for one day. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re living here for a long period or just staying for a few days as a tourist. With the following tips you’ll be able to make your short breaks more adventurous and of course, relaxing. Novgorod This city is located about 180 km away from Saint Petersburg which is a three and a half hour drive by car, but you can also get there by train. To get there by train it costs about 1500 roubles, you leave from “Moskovsky Voksal”, which is the biggest railway station in SPB, and from there it takes you about 3 hours to get there. The city offers lots of sights and interesting places like the museum of Novgorod and the Sophien Cathedral. Golden castle Peterhof w ...

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Contest results are here!

We are pleased to announce the results of our contest! Over the last 2 weeks, our subscribers had the opportunity to share their reasons for learning Russian on YouTube, for the chance to win a free, 2-week Russian language course at Liden & Denz in St.Petersburg or Moscow. And now, the results are in! We’d like to thank all the contestants for sharing their stories! We really appreciated and enjoyed reading about your reasons for learning Russian. It gave us great pleasure to learn about the wide variety of reasons for learning our beautiful language, as well as why you stayed motivated despite the struggle with grammar and vocabulary, amongst other challenges! FIRST PRIZE Corne Lombard, whose story really inspired us, wins a free 2-week standard course at one of our campuses in St.Pe ...

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5 parks you will love in autumn

In Saint Petersburg there are more than 200 parks and gardens, all with a lovely atmosphere. In the parks the soul of the city is captured. The ‘jewel of Imperial Russia’ is also considered one of the greenest Russian cities. The parks are especially gorgeous when the leaves start to turn red and when autumn hits the city. It’s not difficult to find a park or a garden in Saint Petersburg, because there are so many. They are the perfect place to relax, breath some fresh air, enjoy sculptures and nature. Overall they all are certainly worth a visit. Summer Garden – Летний сад One of the most popular gardens is the Summer Garden. It is also the first garden that was built in the city by Peter the Great. It is located in the very centre of the city. It will stun you with its marble sculp ...

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Farewell Krizia

Krizia studied and worked as an intern at Liden & Denz in Saint Petersburg for two months. Let’s find out more about her experience! Tell us a little more about yourself! My name is Krizia, I’m 26 years old, I come from Sicily but I’m currently living in Trieste, in the north of Italy. I graduated last year in Applied Interlinguistic Communication in French, Russian and Portuguese at the University of Trieste and I am currently attending a MA in Specialised Translation (French and Russian). I’ve been studying Russian for 4 years. Why did you decide to study Russian? I decided to study Russian because of Russian literature. I wanted to be able to read Russian masterpieces in their original language. Then, when I started learning Russian, I really fell in love with the language: it’s ver ...

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