A Jazz Lover’s Guide to St. Petersburg

close up of someone playing a saxophone with caption over it saying "jazz in St Petersburg"

There was a saying in the former Soviet Union: “Today he plays jazz, tomorrow he’ll sell out his motherland”. Back then, jazz was seen as Western, subversive and something not to be trusted. Fortunately, times have changed, and today St. Petersburg attracts top jazz performers from across Russia and indeed the world. Every year, the… Continue reading

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A summary of my experience in St. Petersburg

Here we are, the end of this wonderful experience has come: it’s time to say goodbye to Russia. After two months in Saint Petersburg it’s hard not to be sad at the idea of leaving this wonderful country. This experience has changed me and changed me for the better. I would like to share with… Continue reading

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Brushing Up on (Modern) History

I am a self-professed history nerd, especially when it comes to modern history. As I’m now into my final week in St. Petersburg, I find myself looking at the long list of must-see sights I made in my first week and despairing at how few I’ve managed to cross off. Russia’s modern history was one… Continue reading

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Be an unconventional tourist in St. Petersburg

When we think about Saint Petersburg’s most interesting attractions, immediately Cathedrals, Hermitage, Russian Museum and Palaces come to our mind. Of course, if you’re coming to Saint Petersburg for the first time you HAVE to visit them. But if you are familiar with Питер (for friends only!) and have already visited the most famous places,… Continue reading

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A Small Dictionary of St. Petersburg Metro

As every authentic big city, St. Petersburg has its own metro: this is the most useful mean of transport, especially if you need to reach a distant place very quickly or if you have to travel from an extremity of the city to the other.   Maybe during the summer, it would be better to enjoy… Continue reading

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