Being Catholic in Irkutsk

Staying religious abroad can be hard for many; I know it has been for me, especially in an environment where there is a language barrier and it takes a bit of effort to seek out...

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,...

Paintballing in Irkutsk

Paintballing (Baza 38) Lermontova St, 130, korp. 1 09:00-22:00 Prices from 18$+ Baza38.ru  If you are looking for an adrenaline rush and an hour of fun look no further than Baza 38. Located only a...

Zvezdny Bowling Center in Irkutsk

Zvezdny Bowling Center Декабрьских Событий, 102/1 10:00-0:00 Price 3-13$ Website Zvezdny bowling center is located in the center of Irkutsk, not far from the university. While my friends and I were just there for the...

The Monastery of Saint Nino at Bodbe in Georgia

The Monastery of Saint Nino at Bodbe: The Beauty of Sighnaghi Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia (Excursion included in the Policy and Conflict Program, Fall 2017) Price of visit and lunch: 25 Lari   During my first...

Going to Catholic Mass in Warsaw, Poland

Catholic Mass in Warsaw, Poland at Holy Cross Church Krakowskie Przedmieście 3 Sunday Mass Times: 6:00, 7:00, 10:30, 11:45, 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 Before I ventured over “The Pond” to Europe, I made a promise to...

Corpus Christi in Lowicz – Day Trip from Warsaw

Celebrating Corpus Christi—In the town of Lowicz All day event Budget: 150zl for food and souvenirs (trip included in SRAS cultural program for Warsaw for Summer, 2017) Corpus Christi is a Catholic holiday celebrating the...

Krutitskoe Podvorye: A Hidden Gem of Moscow

Krutitskoe Podvorye Religious History in Moscow Free area of town to stroll in Directions: Take the metro to Proletarskaya station. After leaving the metro, head straight down Krutitskiy Per., toward the Moscow River. Continue past...

Dinamo—Skiing in Irkutsk

Dinamo Ski Base (Динамо Лыжная База) Kaprinskaya 119, Irkutsk (Капринская 119, Иркутск) 9am to 9pm Part of the SRAS cultural package for spring, 2017 Dinamo is a skiing facility just outside of Irkutsk. It’s right near...

Three Ways to Keep Fit in Warsaw

Perhaps the greatest anxiety I have whenever I go abroad centers on maintaining my workout routine. Back in the U.S., my university has an amazing gym, which offers yoga and pilates classes, aerobics classes, free...

Barclay’s Sports Bar in Bishkek

Barclay’s Pub 52 Baatik Baatyr Street 17:00-24:00 Entrees around $8-10 Barclays is a very nice sports bar located just a block away from the London School. This is definitely one of my favorite places to...

Fitness House in Bishkek

Fitness House 7:00-23:00 67/1 Baatik Baatura Street $30 per month Although I have many hobbies, my favorite pastime for the last seven years has been lifting, especially powerlifting. When I came to Bishkek, I was...

Jiu-Jitsu Training in Bishkek

Top Team Jiu-Jitsu Training Sessions are at different times I trained M/W/F 7:00-9:00 P.M. Located on Geological Street (It’s the first alley on Baatik Baatura after you pass Vefa walking from the School) When I...

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...

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...

Horse Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Horse Trekking in Kyrgyzstan Glaciers and Vodka Baths A Review of Kyrgyz Summer Adventure, an SRAS educational program One of my absolute favorite things about travelling is the sensations one experiences when waking up and...

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...

History of Vegetarianism in Russia

The following article originally appeared in Russian on Vegetarianskij.ru. It has been translated and adapted by SRAS for presentation here. History of Vegetarianism in Russia The official coming of vegetarianism to Russia was inaugurated with...

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...

Peterland Aquapark in St. Petersburg

Peterland Aquapark (Питерлэнд Аквапарк) Приморский пр., 72 From 1000 rubles At times, life in St. Petersburg can get a bit mundane. Even with the world-class ballet and numerous museums to attend to, everyday routines can...

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...

National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg

National Library of Russia Multiple Locations and Hours in St. Petersburg See below for details NLR.ru How to sign up Library cards can be attained at the Registration Desks either on the ground floor of...

Watching Russian Hockey in Saint Pertersburg

SKA Saint Petersburg Hockey Team SKA.ru Along with music, sports are a huge part of my life. I’ve swam and dived and, in high school, was the team manager of our Varsity Women’s Basketball team....

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...

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...

University of Warsaw Library

University of Warsaw Library Library Card: 10 PLN Hours vary – see below BUW.uw.edu.pl Acquiring a library card for the University of Warsaw Library may be one of the best investments you can make while...

National Library of Kyrgyzstan

The National Library of Kyrgyzstan/Национальная библиотека Кыргызской Республики Address: 208 Советская near the National Art Museum Hours: 9-5 every day, closed on the last Friday of the month Price: Day Pass is 5 som, Year-long...

Kyrgyz Horse Games – a Day Trip from Bishkek

National Kyrgyz Horse Games / Националные конно-спортивные игры Address: Ипподром near Cholpon-Ata on Issyk-Kul Free This year elections for the Issyk-Kul region were coming. This does not affect life much as a temporary student in Kyrgyzstan...

The Vegetarian’s Guide to Bishkek

Being a vegetarian in Bishkek was not nearly as challenging as I had expected it to be. This incomplete guide covers some of the places and dishes I discovered during my nine months in Kyrgyzstan’s...