Who needs the sun when you have the banya?

Russian Banya

Morning football со своей командой (with my team) is a weekly highlight here in Saint Petersburg. Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year, we meet at 8 am close to the Smolensky cemetery on Vasilyevsky Island to play five-a-side. Outdoors during summer and, luckily, indoors during winter. Around once a month the team gathers in the next-door… Continue reading

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My time on a Russian TV show!

This week I have had the rather surreal experience of being involved in a Russian TV documentary. My friend and fellow Liden & Denz student, Martin, was the star of a documentary series on Moscow 24 focusing on foreign students studying in Russia. He asked me if I wanted to participate and I thought it… Continue reading

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Russian Banya (Русская баня)

Russian banya

Russian Banya (Русская баня) I wrote before about the Latvian saunas, it is time to talk about Russian banya now, which are very similar due to their development under the soviet regime, and some customs are exactly the same. From medieval times going to bania is a very old Russian custom that grew with popularity and not… Continue reading

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Popular Traditions: Where There Is A Dacha, There Is a Banya

Popular traditions

Popular Traditions: Where There Is A Dacha, There Is a Banya Popular traditions throughout Russian history emits an incredibly long list of traditions. However, none of these are so famous as the culture of the Russian Баня (Banya), one of the oldest Slavic traditions. Despite the fact that this custom is several centuries old, the… Continue reading

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