Celebrating Victory Day Through Russian Culture

Victory Day is one of Russia’s biggest national holidays, so it’s no wonder that so many films, songs, poems and books have drawn inspiration from it. Take a look below to see how Russian popular culture celebrates this most special of remembrance days. Films The Cranes are Flying (Летят журавли) Released in 1957, the iconic ‘The… Continue reading

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Discover St. Petersburg Through the Eyes of Five Russian Writers

Perhaps one of the world’s best cultural destinations, St. Petersburg has inspired a great number of artists through the ages. Many poets have been drawn to “the most abstract and intentional city of the entire globe”, amongst them Pushkin, Gogol and Dostoevsky to name just a few. So why not discover this beautiful and charming… Continue reading

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The Best Russian Meat-Free Meals

Russian cuisine is delicious and varied, but meat does play a large role in the national diet. After all, this is a country famous for its kotleti (котлеты), shashlik (шашлык), and borscht (борщ). So how can a vegetarian try some traditional Russian food? Surprisingly, meat-free meals aren’t that hard to find, and plenty of dishes… Continue reading

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10 Strange Russian Superstitions

When I first arrived in Russia, I never understood why putting my handbag on the floor was such a big deal. After the hundredth time of being told to put it on the chair next to me, I discovered there is actually a superstition attached to it – putting your bag on the floor will… Continue reading

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Food for Thought: What is Russian Lent?

What is Russian Lent? The Great Fast (Великий Пост) is an extremely important period for Russian Orthodox believers. By abstaining from certain foods and behaviours, they prepare their bodies and minds for Easter (Пасха). As a vegetarian, I think that Lent is a great time to be in Russia – basically every restaurant has a… Continue reading

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The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Looking to transport yourself back in time? The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines (Музей советских игровых автоматов) has to be one of the most entertaining museums in St. Petersburg! It is less a museum than an actual arcade hall, complete with fully-functioning old game machines (well, almost all of them work – they are Soviet… Continue reading

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The Sphinxes of St. Petersburg

As I was walking home last week, two large stone sphinxes on the banks of the Neva caught my eye. They exuded a sense of mystery and antiquity and I wanted to find out more about these mysterious creatures, as Ancient Egyptian sculptures were not what I expected to see in St. Petersburg! So, could… Continue reading

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Top 5 places to make a wish in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a city famous for its fairy-tale looks. The turrets of the Church of the Spilled Blood and the intricate architecture combine to make St. Petersburg a truly magical place. So, where better to make your dreams come true? I’ve tracked down some of the best places in the city where you can make… Continue reading

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