Tag Archives: Discover St. Petersburg - Page 5

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 ...
13 Jul
2017
Confession number three: I might be a hypochondriac, or, in Russian, ипохондрик. At the first sign of a cold, I’m liable to convince myself that I’m about to die any variety of tragic deaths. When I first arrived in Russia I accidentally cut my toe on a piece of broken glass and spent a week ...
11 Jul
2017
I’m going to begin this post with another confession. In my last post, I admitted that I love marshrutkas, and in this one I’m going to come clean once again: I am a сладкоежка. Whereas in English we use the more figurative construction of “I have a sweet tooth,” the Russians express the concept more literally: ...
10 Jul
2017
St. Petersburg and northern Russia’s infamous White Nights season is drawing to a close, but the city’s inhabitants are still flocking to watch the bridges being raised and strolling the streets in the early hours. However, if ambling isn’t for you, but live music is, there are plenty of events going on to catch your fancy ...
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 ...
07 Jul
2017
One thing’s for certain: Russians love their poets. Ask any Russian to recite some poetry and they can draw from an impressively hefty arsenal. If you’re a student of Russian, you, too, have likely been forced to memorize several Russian poems, and are familiar with names such as Akhmatova, Pushkin, Tsvetaeva, Mayakovsky, Mandelstam, Pasternak, among ...
04 Jul
2017
Why am I writing a guide with a small dictionary about coffee in Russian? For me it’s the first week of Russian classes in St. Petersburg, which means that 1. After two weeks of vacation I need to start waking up early again, which means that 2. I need coffee. Luckily, right on the banks ...
30 Jun
2017
  It’s time again to bid farewell to one of our wonderful interns. Cynthia has spent two months in St Petersburg for her gap year and is now returning to school to study medicine. Before she left, we sat down and talked about her experiences in Russia. So, tell me about yourself. My father’s Swiss ...
26 Jun
2017
  Greetings everyone from Liden and Denz, St Petersburg! My name is Rina, I am a university student from Canada, studying Forensic Science. So why Russian, you might ask. Seems kind of random doesn’t it? The best way I could describe it is that I’ve always been curious about learning the Russian language. Every time ...
21 Jun
2017
Farewell, Tilly! The time has come, once again… I must bid farewell to a fellow intern and dear friend. Tilly Hicklin is on her way back to Bristol, but I didn’t let her leave without having her sit down with me first: Here’s our talk about her Russian experience! Tilly, tell me a little about ...