Saint Petersburg’s favorite doughnuts: pishki

The first thing that comes to our minds when saying “doughnut” is the typical American deep-fried and ring-shaped dough, usually glazed with sugar icing or topped with powdered sugar, chocolate or colored sprinkles.  But being honest, this is an international dish, present all over the world and prepared in many different ways according to traditions.… Continue reading

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What makes St Petersburg so… Petersburg?

This year is the third time that I have had the pleasure of living in St Petersburg (also lovingly known as ‘Piter’). It’s a city that is so easy to fall in love with, and the first time I came here, within a couple of weeks I was completely and utterly charmed. The city’s atmosphere… Continue reading

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How to eat healthily in St Petersburg

In today’s society eating healthily and doing sports have become higher priorities, although taking care of your body has not always been that important. A few years ago this trend became extremely popular all over the world, including in Russia. Ever more women and men of all ages are on the hunt for healthy food.… Continue reading

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Top things to do in St Petersburg near our school

church of the savior on blood

Our school is right in middle of St Petersburg’s most historic neighbourhood. Every time you walk here, even from the nearest metro station, you go past a good dozen important locations. It would take a couple of books to cover in depth all the things there are to see near school, so this article will… Continue reading

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Be Our Guest! – The Museums of Russian Writers

Five Russian Writers, Pushkin, Dostoyevksy, Blok, Akhmatova and Nabokov

In St Petersburg, many of the former homes of famous writers of Russian literature have been preserved and are now open to visit. These small museums are often made up of at least two apartments. The first apartment usually houses the writer’s biographical details and the development of the writer’s literature and prose. Here, display… Continue reading

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Made in St. Petersburg: The greatest ballerinas of our time

ballerinas from st.petersburg

It is no secret that the world’s best ballet dancers are made at Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. The oldest Russian school of ballet is known for its strict admission criteria and star alumni, including Anna Pavlova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Today, we take a look at three great ballerinas of the 21st century who learned… Continue reading

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St. Petersburg Open Air Music Festivals Summer 2018

It’s summer in St. Petersburg, and that means it’s time for open air music festivals! As in previous years, there’s a bit of everything for everyone: from classical concerts to techno raves, I’ve snooped the local афиши (afishi, “billboards”) for the biggest events coming up these next weeks. I hope you’ll get to visit some… Continue reading

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The Leningrad Rock Scene During Perestroika – Viktor Tsoi and Kino

If you walk around the city on any evening (when it doesn’t rain) you will witness tens of street bands playing live rock music. If the tune is catchy, the lyrics are in Russian, and everyone is singing along, chances are – they’re playing a Kino song. Viktor Tsoi and Kino Kino was an incredibly… Continue reading

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