Tag Archives: culture - Page 5

31 Jul
2017
A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Moscow to visit a good friend of mine, Olya, who lived in Saint Petersburg when I studied here a few years ago, and recently got married and had a baby. I tend to love all babies but am particularly taken with the babies of close friends, ...
29 Jul
2017
If you have a bit of free travelling time at the end of your course, or simply want a weekend away from the big city, the Karelian capital Petrozavodsk is situated five hours away by train or by car from St. Petersburg and provides the perfect starting point to discovering the beauty of Northern Russia. ...
28 Jul
2017
There’s a lot that’s been said about Ivan the Terrible. He was insane, tyrannical, a reformist, even humanitarian. His history is as turbulent as his reputation and is a fascinating case study in both a historical and psychological context. Prior to Ivan’s reign, Russia had been undergoing a unifying movement that threatened aristocracies, namely the ...
27 Jul
2017
If you are spending a prolonged period in Russia, you may be lucky enough to have friends or family from your native country coming to visit. My mum and sister came to visit me last week, and as with them, it is probably unlikely that a group of visitors will know any Russian or will ...
26 Jul
2017
Looking for something to do this weekend and maybe pick up a unique souvenir? Head north down the Metro and check out the flea market at Udelnaya. If you like garage sales, this will be right up your alley. It’s easy to find, just outside Udelnaya station. Once you exit the metro, you’ll see a train ...
21 Jul
2017
It is a well-known fact that St. Petersburg’s architecture is some of the most beautiful in the world, but what about the secrets behind it? I went on a guided tour of the stairwells and back yards of the city to find out a bit more. For anyone unfamiliar with the general layout of an ...
17 Jul
2017
Tauride Garden – Таврический сад The English gardener William Gould was charged with designing the Tauride Garden in true Romantic style, and it was originally laid out in 1783-9 for the estate of Catherine the Great’s favourite (and alleged lover) Grigory Potemkin. The Garden and the adjoining Tauride Palace are named after Potemkin’s title: Prince ...
14 Jul
2017
Каша is usually translated as porridge, but that is more of an umbrella term for the following four main types: Манная каша: made by cooking milk and semolina with a lot of sugar, tricky to cook and not healthy. Гречневая каша: made with buckwheat, which is particularly popular as a savoury side dish with beef ...
12 Jul
2017
If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay while travelling, a hostel could be an option for you. In St Petersburg, hostels are all over the place. If you’re working, going to school or just here to sightsee, you’ll likely find one close to where you want to go. If this is something you’re ...
10 Jul
2017
Saint-Petersburg is known as the cradle of the Russian Revolution, a central event of the 20th century. After the 1917 February revolution which led to the abdication of Tsar Nicholas ll. the Provisional Government declared a political amnesty. Exile revolutionaries such as Lenin and Trotsky flooded the city. By setting up a network of workers ...