Ryazan – Weekend Trip from Moscow

30 Hours in Ryazan Weekend Trip from Moscow 4000-5000 rubles (if you stay in a hostel) Knowing nothing about Russian holidays, when Unity Day (November 4) rolled around, I unexpectedly found myself with a long...

Lviv – Weekend Trip from Kyiv

Weekend Trip to Lviv, Ukraine Coffee, Chocolate, and a Dose of the True Ukrainian Spirit Cost of Trip: 1,425 Hryvnia (Roughly $55 for housing, transport, food, and souvenirs) While studying in Kiev, I’ve had the...

Ararat Brandy Factory in Yerevan, Armenia: Travel for PCON

Ararat Brandy Factory: A Little Bit of Brandy and a Whole Lot of History Yerevan, Armenia (Excursion included in the Policy and Conflict Program, Fall 2017) Cost of Souvenir Brandy: 7,170-16,730 Armenian Dram ($15-$35 depending...

Travel from Warsaw to Ustroń Polana

Travel from Warsaw to Ustroń Polana A Spring Break of Quiet Solitude ~$150 for 2-3 days Usually about the time spring break comes around in the US, I am ready for a week off class....

Ulan-Ude, Weekend Trip from Irkutsk

Ulan-Ude Weekend Trip from Irkutsk Cost estimate: $125 for 2.5 days Halfway into our program in Irkutsk, both I and a friend were feeling the travel bug again and were ready for a change of...

Travel to Lviv from Kyiv

Trip to Lviv from Kyiv: An Indescribable Place, Described through Photos Weekend or Longer Trip Price: $150 inclusive for three days Best way to get there: Train Worth it: Absolutely When I stumbled off the...

Travel to Odessa from Kyiv

 Beaches, Wine, Ancient Fortresses, and Small Town Charm A Trip to Odessa from Kyiv Weekend or Longer Trip Budget: ~$150 total for 3 days Best way to get there: Minibus Worth it: Absolutely Since the...

Bolshoe Goloustnoe, near Irkutsk

Bolshoe Goloustnoe Weekend Trip from Irkutsk Part of the SRAS cultural package for spring, 2017 Bolshoe Goloustnoe (Большое Голоустное) is a very small town approximately two hours outside Irkutsk by car. It’s right on Lake...

Weekend Trip from Warsaw to Lviv, Ukraine

 Trip from Warsaw to Lviv, Ukraine Weekend Trip Budget: ~460 zloty / 3000 hryvnia Exchange rates throughout Central and Eastern Europe are currently ridiculously set in favor of the dollar. For a student not to...

A Trip to Khabarovsk from Vladivostok

Trip to Khabarovsk from Vladivostok One Weekend Budget: ~5000 rubles Russia celebrates March 8th, along with many other countries around the world, as International Women’s Day. The holiday is a big deal here. This is...

Weekend Trip to Tallinn from St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg to Tallinn Weekend Trip ~$350 Study abroad is full of new experiences, from getting accustomed to the local culture and managing your courses. When you need a getaway, there is always an abundance of...

Chong-Kemin Valley, Kyrgyzstan

Mist, Mud, and Mountains in Beautiful Chong-Kemin Weekend Trip ~1000 som Chong-Kemin Valley is home to villages, a national park, and a state reserve just two and a half hours from Bishkek by marshrutka. I...

Meros Silk Paper Factory in Samarkand

Meros Silk Paper Factory/Бумажная Фабрика «Мерос» Koni Ghil/Кони Гил Tour cost: 3000 sum/$1.25 The Meros Silk Paper Factory was one of the last stops on this November’s trip from Bishkek to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, organized by...

Suzdal / Суздаль

Trip to Suzdal Weekend Trip from Moscow Best as part of a trip to Vladimir On a mid-October weekend trip, my MSU dormitory roommate, Ellie and I visited the famous Golden Ring (Золотое кольцо) city...

Vladimir / Владимир

Trip to Vladimir Weekend Trip from Moscow Cost: ~6,000 rubles Several weeks ago my English roommate, Eleanor (Ellie) and I traveled together from Moscow to Vladimir. We bought tickets for and boarded a Moscow-Vladimir express...

Lake Song-Kol in Naryn Province

Lake Song-Kol/Сонкёль Weekend Trip from Bishkek Horse Treking Budget: 11,300 soms Lake Song-Kol (Russian Сонкёль, Kyrgyz Соңкөл), the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan, lies at 9,895 ft in the peaks of mountains in Naryn...

Traveling Platzkart on Ukrainian Trains

Mention train travel in the former Soviet Union, and almost inevitably the discussion will at some point turn to the infamous “platzkart,” or third-class wagons. For those Westerners who have never traveled platzkart, the concept...

Long and Winding Road from Bishkek to Osh, Kyrgyzstan

This past weekend, I visited Osh, the “southern capital” of Kyrgyzstan. I’ve always wanted to go because I heard the 620-kilometer Bishkek-Osh Highway, the only main road connecting Russia with the south of Central Asia,...

Weekend in Bokunbaeva, Kyrgyzstan

The best parts of Kyrgyzstan summers are weekend getaways to Lake Issyk Kul, one of the world’s deepest and highest lakes. Issyk Kul, which means “hot lake” in Kyrgyz, is the ultimate beach destination. It’s...

Seven Things to Love in Almaty

Seven Things to Love in Almaty By Eirene Busa For those looking for a spring weekend getaway in Central Asia (and who isn’t?), book a trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city and previous capital. Almaty...

Top Ten Reasons Americans Should Visit Turkmenistan

This past week, I took a break from Kyrgyzstan and spent a few days traveling through Turkmenistan, visiting the cities of Ashgabad, Mary, Merv, Geok-Tepe, and Turkmenabad. This trip was arranged by The School of...

The Nizhny I Knew in 1995

 Nizhny Novgorod Day or weekend trip from Moscow Budget for train tickets there and back: $30 or less About four hours by train from Moscow Budget for a hostel: about $10-20 In Nizhny, I feel...