In St. Petersburg, we are already more than halfway through the summer, which means that the time of fancy boat parties is slowly coming to an end. However, before we brace ourselves for autumn with its cold rain and ever shorter days, we should remember our prospects are not all grey and gloomy. For one, ...
After saving two penalties in Russia’s match against Spain, Igor Akinfeev has become a Russian national hero. However, he is far from the greatest вратарь (goalkeeper) in football history. That honour goes to Lev Yashin, the Black Spider. His is a story of strength, courage and resilience. Against the odds Yashin was born to ...
Every country has its own sports, like how Brazil has football or Austria has skiing. And Russia is no different. This blog is all about the wealth of sport that you can watch as a spectator or even take part in whilst in Russia. Sombo (Самбо) Sombo is a very popular material art which actually has ...
Whenever I travel, my first order of business is to find the local rock gym. As a lifelong climbing (скалолазание) addict, I suffer near emotional collapse if there’s not a decent climbing gym (скалодром) in close proximity. Luckily, Petersburg has multiple gyms dispersed throughout the city, and I’ve been spending the past month exploring them ...
Santa`s Fun Run On December 11th the familiar sounds of Santa’s` “HO HO HO” will be heard in Riga’s old town when the Santa’s Fun Run is taking place. The charity run is organized by the Riga International Rotary Club. The event encourages and engages all members of the Latvian as well as international community to ...
Did you know Orienteering and Geocaching are two very popular outdoor activities amongst Rigans? Turns out orienteering is a big thing in Latvia, so much so that they organize several competitions all over Latvia throughout the year. For those who are new to orienteering: basically it’s a family of sports in which you are running ...
Beloved football team of St. Petersburg, Zenit, has taken a two point loss to their lead at the top of the Russian Premier League, following a draw against team FC Krasnodar. The Zenit team coach, Andre Villas-Boas, was indignant about the loss and accused the referee of making numerous mistakes in his handling of the game. ...
Kekava Women’s Floorball Team reached the finals of the Latvian Elite League for the first time in the history of the club last weekend! Having continually finished third in the last few seasons, they triumphed over defending champions RSU and will now face Rubene for the final, to be played at Valmerias Olympic Centre. The ...
If you didn’t manage to go to Sochi for the Winter Olympics 2014 to see all the athletes in action, here’s your change to meet actual Olympians! Over the next few weeks, you’ll have to opportunity to meet and greet athletes like bobsled team member Kirill Antyukh, curling team member Pyotr Dron and speed skater ...
President Vladimir Putin has launched a programme to improve the physical fitness of Russians all across the country! The programme, similar to an old Soviet-era plan introduced under Stalin, will “pay homage to our national historical traditions” and is aiming to help improve the fitness of Russia’s citizens by improving sport facilities and promoting healthy ...