Bridges in Saint Petersburg: history and quirks
Today we’re having a closer look at history and quirks of Saint Petersburg’s most beautiful bridges. I mean, this city has an astounding 342 bridges connecting its 42 islands. I feel obliged to mention them. And, on top of that, I find bridges in Saint Petersburg absolutely fascinating, not only because of all the key historical events they’ve witnessed, but also because of their sheer beauty. Before we start, a little advice for newcomers who live on the islands, you should “keep an eye on the bridges. They like to change”. Jokes apart, some of them open every night following this schedule. So be attentive, otherwise you’ll spend big money on cabs. Дворцовый мост (Palace Bridge) As i explained in the introduction bridges “like to change”, not only they open, most bridges in Sa ...
Привет from new intern Hanna!
Привет, St.Petersburg! My name is Hanna and I will be in St. Petersburg for the next three months studying Russian and working as an intern at Liden and Denz. I’ve been told that St. Petersburg is the “cultural Capital” of Russia so I am excited to explore my new city. Last semester, I was an exchange student at People’s Friendship University of Russia in Moscow and I visited St. Petersburg for two days so I have already seen the biggest tourist attractions. But I still look forward to exploring more, walking along the streets, visiting parks and practicing Russian wherever I go. I am also excited to experience this beautiful city in warmer wheather this time around. Probably like almost every language learner, my reasons for studying Russian are a bit of a conglo ...
Greetings from Moscow
Привет! Mеня зовут Nick, and I will be here with you for the next 3 months, writing from Moscow, Russia! About me I was born in Vietnam, but moved to Sweden when I was very young. After completing my Bachelor’s studies at Stockholm University, I began studying Russian! It is certainly a challenge. Many of my classmates in Stockholm failed the course or gave up, and it is understandable. This is for sure no walk in the park. When I tell people that I am studying Russian, they are surprised and ask me why. The ones who are most surprised are always Russians themselves! So? Why? Most Swedes perceive Russia as an elusive and somewhat scary place. My first real contact came from Russian history in high school: I learned about the 19th Century Tsars, two revolutions, the Soviet Union, and ...
Russian music for language learning, why not?
Believe it or not, listening to some Russian music will help you a lot with your understanding of the language and its grammar structures. I can tell it to you since I’ve experienced it first hand. Though you may feel a little bit overwhelmed at the beginning because of the river of new words, it’ll get better and better and will definitely boost you listening and comprehension skills. Now, if you mean to take a step into this multifaceted world, I’ve got some very good artists of various genres to begin with. Монеточка (Monetočka) Let’s start this off with a bang, I’m glad to introduce you the newborn star of Russian music. This very young singer from Ekaterinburg has the freshest tracks in the game. Her beats range from 80’s pop atmosphere to more disco/EDM, but what her songs have in co ...
Welcome to Kazan!
Kazan – in the west hardly known is the beautiful capital of the semi-autonomous Republic of Tatarstan with its more than one million inhabitants after Moscow and St. Petersburg one of the most important tourist cities in Russia. The city at the Volga became better known for its role as the venue of the 2018 World Cup, but in my opinion, it should become even better known because there is something that makes the capital unique and special. More about that later, because first of all there is some background information about the history of Kazan. One day a rich, fleeing lord made a rest at the place where today’s Kazan lies. Since he had only golden objects with him, he sent his servant with a golden bowl to fetch water – but it fell into the Volga. The servant had to co ...