What to see and do in Priozersk

The Korela fortress

On a recent day trip, I rented a car and drove to Priozersk (Приозерск). Priozersk is a small town of around 19,000 people in the Leningrad Oblast region of Russia, roughly two hours drive from Saint Petersburg. Located near the border with the Karelia region, it is sandwiched between Lake Ladoga and the Vuoksi River.… Continue reading

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Renting a Car and Driving in Russia

If you’ve spent more than a few minutes on the internet, chances are you have seen a crazy dashcam video from Russia. It seems like it must be a nightmare to drive in Russia. I too was curious, and, I’ll admit it, a little bit nervous about driving in Russia. On a recent day trip… Continue reading

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What is Yandex Chef?

Grocery shopping, and cooking, can be a pain in the butt. But what if there was away to eliminate, or at least lessen, part of that pain. If you’re like me you want to eat somewhat healthily, so that means no shawarma everyday, and you know it is too expensive to eat at a restaurant… Continue reading

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The busy lives of Russian children

Every weekday Alexei goes home from school in the afternoon, but his day does not end there. Monday is piano, Tuesday is chess, Wednesday is piano, Thursday is dance, and Friday is math lesson. Let’s not forget hockey on the weekend.  This example is fictional, but Russians will for sure recognise this from their childhood.… Continue reading

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Soviet Union Hipsters – Stilyagi

Soviet Union Hipsters - Stilyagi

For foreigners curious about Russia, the first place they usually go is to Russian films. Lucky for them, there’s a great number of Russian films widely available on the internet today. Mosfilm for instance upload their large catalogue on Youtube and include English subtitles. Here is an open window into Russian and Soviet culture that… Continue reading

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Russian Dog Breeds

Russian Dog Breeds

We all know Russia to be vast in size, so it comes as no surprise to notice a great deal of diversity it the types of canines hailing from Russia. Russian dogs were traditionally bred for working purposes, so expect to see on this list many dogs possessing traits of a shepherding, hunting and protectiveness.… Continue reading

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#StudentLife Russia and Sweden

I have always been curious about how Russian student life is like. Is it all as tough and “Soviet-like” as I assume it to be? Late last year, my chance to find out came when two groups of university students came to visit from Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The Swedish Institute organised this trip for… Continue reading

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Welcome to Kazan!

Kazan Mosque

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… Continue reading

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