The Thaw: Springtime in Kyiv

Outdoor Spring Sightings in Kyiv Week of March 1st, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch Delightfully for a girl from Montana, used to equally cold, dreary winters, the early days of March have been blessed with...

City Dump Museum in Irkutsk

Irkutsk City Dump Museum Fifth kilometer of Aleksandrovskiy Highway Free The Irkutsk city dump museum is one of the strangest places I have ever been in my life—not just for the fact that it exists,...

Muzeon “Statue Graveyard” in Moscow

Muzeon Where: Krimsky Val, вл. 2, Moscow Open 8:00-23:00 Free Entrence (~$3 for coffee or a snack) Muzeon is a park and open air sculpture museum located next to Gorky Park and within the Garden...

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve in Moscow

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve: Walking Seminar and Picnic Dolskaya ul., 1, Moscow, 115569 Offered as part of the SRAS cultural program – Summer, 2016 Free, but bring ~$10 if you want a snack Tsaritsyno is a park...

VDNKh Park and Exhibition Center in Moscow

Guide to VDNKh Prospect Mira, 119 – Metro VDNKh Free to enter Bring cash for food, additional activities (500-2000 rubles) VDNKH, whose Russian name translates to Exhibition of Achivements of National Economy, is one of...

Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Mocsow

 Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Moscow Poster Child of Russia’s Urban Revitalization Open 24/7 Free Entrance, Bring Cash for Food, Bike Rentals, etc. For several years now, Russia’s federal government and...

Velobike Rental System in Moscow

Moscow’s Velobike Rental System 500 Locations Across Moscow 160 Rubles + At first glance, Moscow does not seem like it would be the most cycling-friendly city. Considering the current reconstruction projects dominating much of the...

Kolomenskoye Park in Moscow

Kolomenskoye Park Andropova Ave, 39 Daily 08:00-21:00 (May 1st to September 31st 07:00-24:00) Free (~$5 for drinks and ice cream) Kolomenskoye Park is definitely one of Moscow’s must-see attractions. Open year round, this former royal...

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg ул. Профессора Попова 2, (Petrogradskaya Metro) Open 10am – 6pm; Last admission is at 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Fridays Tickets start at 40 rubles (see below for details) Botsad-spb.com Whether...

Primorskiy Safari Park – Day Trip from Vladivostok

Primorskiy Safari Park Near Shkotovo (Outside Vladivostok0k) Admission: 600ru Safaripark25.ru This weekend, we got to make another excursion outside of Vladivostok. This time was not for hiking, however, but to see some of Primorsky Krai’s...

Wilanów Palace in Warsaw

Wilanów Palace Tickets starting at 15 PLN Wilanow-palac.pl When I lived in Warsaw, a friend visited who had spent the summer doing archaeological digs around Italy.  So what could be the oldest and most beautiful...

Summer Chopin Concerts in Łazienki Park

Summer Chopin Concerts Łazienki Park Free Lazienki-krolewskie.pl Want to soak in some classical music with that summer sun? You’re in luck! From mid-May to September, you can catch Chopin concerts every Sunday in the Royal...

Bishkek Irrigation Canals

There is a lot going on in Bishkek and there are a lot of pleasant parks and a few wide, shaded boulevards. While walking along them looking around, in the quieter areas, you will notice...

Roman Festival in Moscow

A Roman Festival in Moscow – “Times and Epochs” Kolomenskoye Park Metro Stop: Kolomenskaya (Dark green line, south) Free Entrance Attending a Roman festival is one of the last things I thought I would be...

A Trip to Tsarskoye Selo from St. Petersburg

Tsarskoye Selo: Catherine Palace and Park / Царское село: Екатерининский дворец и парк Cost: Catherine Park – 120 rubles (60 w/student ID); Catherine Palace – 520 rubles (260 w/ student ID); Hours: Park – 10am-7pm;...

The Opening of the Fountains in Peterhof

The Opening of the Fountains in Peterhof/ Открытие фонтанов в Петергофе Большой Петергофский дворец, Петергоф, Россия Cost: 500 rubles (400 w/ student ID) Open: 10am-6pm Daily; 10am-7pm on Holidays and Weekdays Peterhof-express.ru For the small...

Warsaw Uprising Mound

Warsaw Uprising Mound / Kopiec Powstania Warszawskiego Located in Park Akcji „Burza” in Czerniaków (Mokotów district) Open to the public 24/7 This week the weather was finally nice enough that I decided to walk to...

Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw

Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw / Cmentarz żydowski w Warszawie ul. Okopowa 49/51, Warszawa tel. 22 838 26 22 Beisolam.jewish.org.pl Mon-Thurs: 10am-5pm (or dark) Fri: 9am-1pm ; Sun 11am-4pm Saturday closed There are actually a number...

Łazienki Park and the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw

Łazienki Park and the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw / Łazienki Królewskie i Pałac na Wyspie w Warszawie ul. Agrykoli 1, 00-460 Warszawa, Polska Lazienki-krolewskie.pl The Gardens are open daily, from dawn until dusk...

Piłsudski Square in Warsaw as Microcosm of Polish History

Pilsudski Square “plac marsz. Józefa Piłsudskiego” Śródmieście Północne 00-078 Warszawa Take bus 175 or 128 from Centrum Open to the public 24/7 Piłsudski Square is Warsaw’s largest open square. It is named for Jozef Piłsudski, a...

Bishkek Walking Tour

New SRAS students at the London School in Bishkek are introduced to the city and some of its major landmarks on a walking tour shortly after arrival. I took this tour on the afternoon of...

10 Ways to Enjoy Moscow’s Winter Parks

Russia is famous for miserably cold winters. This means that, in winter, Russians must stay at home being miserable, right? Not at all! For Russians, winters are part of their national heritage and there is...

Leningrad Zoo

Leningrad Zoo / Ленинградский зоопарк парк Александровский, 1 Phone: +7 (812) 232-8260 +7 (812) 230-1926 Main Zoo Hours: daily 10-21 Exoterium Hours: daily 11-21 Ticket Price: 500 rubles (200 rubles with student ID) Cashiers close...

Walk Moscow’s Pedestrian Streets in 10 Minutes

The Village used the new Instagram mobile app, Hyperlapse, to capture the pedestrian zones of Moscow. The following was originally published in Russian. It was translated by SRAS Translation Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm. At the...

A Day at the Beach in Moscow

Moscow Beach, Serebryaniy Bor, Beach Number 3/ Серебряный Бор, пляж номер 3 Always open, but Transport services only during daylight hours Admission is free I was skeptical, but sure enough, there is really a beach...

Tsaritsyno, a Modern Palace in Moscow

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve/Царицыно Дольская Улица., 1, Москва Park open daylight hours, Museum as follows: Open Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Open Saturday 11:00 am – 7:30 pm Open Sunday 11:00 am – 6:30 Closed Mondays...

Ala Archa National Park in Kyrgyzstan

Ala Archa National Park/Ала Арча мамлекеттик жаратылыш паркы Entrance fee 80 som/person (about $1.75) As you walk around Bishkek, it’s hard not to notice the snow-capped Tien Shan mountains that dominate the southern skyline. They’re...

Sokolniki Park in Moscow

Sokolniki Park/Парк Сокольники 107113, Москва, Сокольнический вал ул., 1, стр. 1 Hours: Always open but vendors vary, see site for details Admission is Free http://park.sokolniki.com Sokolniki park is one of Moscow’s beautiful outdoor spaces, and...

Daytrip to Yasnaya Polyana

Leo Tolstoy’s Family Estate Yasnaya Polyana Ясная Поляна, Тульская область, 301214 Open Tuesday-Sunday (Closed Mondays) Guided Tours 9:30-3:30 30 rub entry for students check the website for guided tour info&cost www.ypmuseum.ru Did you ever wonder...