Holidays in Russia: Histories and Official Days Off for 2018

Russia’s long and eclectic history has created a calendar filled with diverse holidays. Some are federal holidays, marked with national celebrations and mandated days off. Others are of lesser importance, marked in private, in passing,...

Victory Day in Vladivostok

Behind New Year’s, May 9th is the largest holiday in Russia. Victory Day celebrates the Soviet victory in World War II over the German Reich. This year marked 71 years since hostilities ceased in that...

Volleyball at VSUES in Vladivostok

Each Saturday and Sunday evening at the VSUES gym, students gather to play volleyball. The practice is free and open to all students. On both evenings, practice begins around 7:00 pm. While the practice is...

The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theater in Vladivostok

Mariinsky Theater in Vladivostok Fastovskaya Ul. 20 Prim.Mariinsky.ru Tickets run about 1000 rubles Nepotism surely was the only reason the Nutcracker ever landed his job leading soldiers into battle. He’s really not officer material and...

International Student Festival in Vladivostok

International Student Festival in Vladivostok On Campus at VGUES Cost: Free Last week, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service hosted an International Student Festival to showcase the wide diversity of students who live and...

Primorye State Art Gallery in Vladivostok

Primorye State Art Gallery Aleyutskaya St. 12, Vladivostok Student Ticket Cost: 350 Rubles Vladivostok’s main art gallery, a large stone structure, is located in the old part of the city, close to the train station,...

Karaoke at The Underground

When one of my friends first asked me about singing karaoke, I was a bit hesitant. It’s not something in my normal realm of preferred activities, but I didn’t have any other plans for the...

Vladivostok Ice Run

Vladivostok Ice Run Organized by RunDNSRun Most club runs cost 0-1000 rubles to join The first annual Vladivostok Ice Run took place this weekend on February 21, 2016. A friend of mine, a volunteer organizer...

Icy Pastimes in Vladivostok

After a nice winter break and going home for the holidays, I have arrived back in Vladivostok. Unfortunately, I missed the big snowstorm here by a week or so, but there is still plenty of...

Travel Film Festival in Vladivostok

Travel Film Festival: Я Шагаю По Земле Shown at Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok One of my hobbies has long been spending time in the outdoors. I love almost everything involving mountains, hills,...

A Frozen Thanksgiving in Vladivostok

One of my Russian friends asked me a few weeks ago what I miss about America. As I thought about it, there were the evident reasons of family and friends, but two particular foods sprang...

Organ Concert at the Catholic Church in Vladivostok

Organ Concert Mary Mother of God Catholic Mission in Vladivostok 22 Volodarskovo Street Free Admission On November 15, I had the opportunity to attend a pipe organ concert at the Mary Mother of God Catholic...

Vladivostok Fortress Museum

Scattered across Vladivostok’s coastal slopes in quite a few places one can see the metal and concrete remains of the old coastal batteries built to defend the city in years past. Most of the emplacements are...

Hiking Excursion to Falaza Mountain from Vladivostok

Falaza Mountain ~3 hours from Vladivostok Hiking and Nature Free Admission Fall has arrived in Vladivostok. The temperatures have begun to dip well into chilly territory, and the leaves are turning their bright hues. But...

Tiger Day 2015 in Vladivostok

The fourth Sunday of every September in Vladivostok is set aside for a local holiday called “День Тигра” (“Tiger Day”). The event celebrates the Amur (also called Siberian) Tigers, whose natural habitat is the Primorsky...

Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok

Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok Volodarskovo 22 Vladmission.org For the past couple of weeks since I have been in Vladivostok, I have had the opportunity to attend mass at the Mary Mother...

Vladivostok: A Guide to Hiking and Beaches

If there is one thing I will regret about having spent an academic year in Vladivostok, it will be not spending an entire calendar year here. The winter truly does have a beauty unto its...

Old-World Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vladivostok

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Евангелическо-лютеранская церковь Св. Павла) ул. Пушкинская 14 Service every Sunday at 11; Concert times vary; Tickets usually range from 300-500 rubles ($5-8) Tel. 295-47-47  Some of the more impressive structures...

New Year in Vladivostok

Without having given it much thought up until the end of the semester, as decorations began to go up around town and talk of the holidays began, I realized that this would be my first...

Moonshine Bar in Vladivostok

Moonshine Bar ул. Светланская 1, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Mon.-Thurs. Noon-2am, Fri.-Sun. Noon-4am; Entrees from 250 rubles, Beer from 200 rubles Moonshinebar.ru Of all of the local establishments in Vladivostok striving in one way or another...

The Theater of Opera and Ballet in Vladivostok

Theater of Opera and Ballet/Театр оперы и балета ул. Фастовская 14, стр. 12 Festival of the 15 Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich Hours and Ticket Prices: performance dependent Primopera.ru Apart from the Golden Bridge (Золотой мост)...

The House-Museum of Sukhanov in Vladivostok

The House-Museum of Sukhanov / Дом-музей Суханова ул. Суханова, 9 Hours: 10am-7:30pm Tuesday-Sunday; Cost: 100 ruble tour; 100 ruble master-class  Like any good traveler, after booking my flight to Vladivostok, I set off to the...

Munich Pub in Vladivostok

Munich Pub / Мюнхен ул. Светланская, 3, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Noon-2am; meals from 420 rubles, business lunch (30% off menu price) Noon-4pm Munichpub.com I had been making my rounds of the international fare as of late,...

Friendship Bar in Vladivostok

Friendship Bar / Дружба бар ул. Пограничная, 6, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Sun-Thurs. Noon-3am, Fri & Sat. Noon-7am; Meals for under 360 rubles Fear not hipsters! Your culture lives and breaths even thousands of miles from home in...

The Closing of Biker Season in Vladivostok

The Closing of Biker Season / Закрытие байкерского сезона ул. Дальзаводская Cost: Free Get married. Burn some rubber. Rock out. Or just plain look like someone not to mess with. All things to do and/or...

An Evening at the Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic in Vladivostok

Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic / Приморская краевая филармония Светланская ул. 13 10:00-14:00, 15:00-20:00; Primfil.ru The unofficial theme for the Concert of Traditional Korean Music and Dances (Концерт традиционной корейской музыки и танцев) seemed to be one...

Tokarevski Lighthouse in Vladivostok

Tokarevski Lighthouse/Токаревский марк Мыс Токаревского Cost: $5-10 (includes roundtrip transportation and food; destination itself is free) “All I know about Russia is that it’s very cold.” This frequently encountered profession of ignorance, will wear anyone...

Sportivnaya Market in Vladivostok

Спортивная // Sportivnaya Market ул. Спортивная // Sportivnaya Street 9:00am-6:00pm (Depends on season) Negotiable and Cheap Prices for Everything I had the opportunity to check out the massive Sportivnaya Market with fellow Russian-American student Michael...

The Expats of Vladivostok

The Expats of Vladivostok Republic Bar First Tuesday of every Month (or whenever Barry says) 7:00PM-11:00PM I always thought an expatriate was an American citizen living abroad. It made sense in my head, an expatriate...

Vladivostok City Dance Competition in Vladivostok

Vladivostok City Dance Competition Stealth Nightclub, 83 Svetlanskaya Street April 4th, 2014 300 rubles By far the most interesting social excursion I have been to here in Vladivostok, attending the Vladivostok City Dance Competition will...