7 Secrets of the Russian Alphabet

The history of the Russian language and its alphabet is long and fascinating. Here are a few anecdotes from that history. The following is taken from a list that has been published in many places...

Arrival at the Moscow State University Dorm

The Moscow State University dorm system has many buildings, but SRAS students usually live in the ones attached to the MSU main building, located between the University (Университет) metro station and the picturesque and historic...

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...

Bulgakov’s Moscow

A walking tour for fans of The Master and Margarita. The following has been published in multiple places in Russian online. It was translated by SRAS Translate Abroad Scholar Sophia Rhem. 1. The Evil Apartment...

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...

Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow

Lenin’s Mausoleum/Мавзолей В.И. Ленина Красная площадь, Moscow Open Daily 10:00 am-1:00pm Closed Fridays and Holidays Admission is Free Lenin.ru Vladimir Illyich Lenin is a giant of recent Russian History. Outsiders attempt to describe his meaning...

Fine Art Museum of A.S. Pushkin

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts/ Государственный Музей Изобразительных Искусств Имени А.С. Пушкин Москва, Волхонка, 10, 12, 14 Hours of Operation Vary, see website for details All are closed on Mondays, Bldg 10 also...

Moscow Cats Theater

Moscow Cats Theater/Театр Кошек Куклачева Kutuzovksy 25, Moscow Showtimes at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00pm Tickets range from 300 rubles-1500 rubles Kuklachev.ru This little oddity is a relative unknown, even for many Muscovites. It’s not a...

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Moscow Museum of Modern Art/ Московский Музей Современного Искусства 5 locations-see website for details Friday-Wednesday open 12:00-8:00pm, Thursdays 1:00-9:00pm 100 rubles with student ID http://www.mmoma.ru This MMOMA is a group of museums that house a...

Tretyakov Gallery: A Russian Classic in Moscow

The State Tretyakov Gallery/ Государственная Третьяковская Галерия Лаврушинский пер., 10, Moscow Open Thursday and Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Closed Mondays All other days: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 200 rubles with student ID;...

The Tsoi Graffiti Wall on Stary Arbat

The Viktor Tsoi Memorial Graffiti Wall Stary Arbat and Krivoarbatskaya Lane Landmark – Never Closes; Free Coming across the graffiti wall on Stary Arbat last summer, I took a few pictures, and didn’t think about...

Bunker 42 in Moscow – The Nuclear Threat Experience

Bunker 42/Бункер 42 5-й Котельнический пер., 11, Москва Hours and costs vary, check website for details Student Tours: ~700 rubles www.bunker42.com One of my favorite excursions arranged by SRAS as part of our cultural program...

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall/ Концертный Зал П.И. Чайковского улица Тверская, 31/4 Ticket Office Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm, Most performances start at 7:00pm Tickets range 1000-3500 rubles Student tickets from 200 rubles Meloman.ru If you’re new to the...

Underground Palaces – The Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro/Московский Метро Hours vary slightly by station, but generally closes daily 1:00am-5:30am Mosmetro.ru Unless you’ve seen pictures, you’re not prepared for the Moscow Metro System. For visitors, one of the great surprises of...

A Cosmic Opportunity – The Moscow Planetarium

The Moscow Planetarium/Планетарий Москвы Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya ulitsa, 5, Moscow Open 10:00-21:00, Closed Tuesdays Tickets range from 450 rubles-700 rubles Planetarium-moscow.ru The Moscow Planetarium is an exciting experience for anyone with an interest in science and the...

The Amazing Moscow Circus

The Bolshoi Circus/Большой Московский Цирк Проспект Вернадского, 7, Москва Ticket offices 10:30-7:30, most shows start at 7pm. Tickets from 300 rubles-4000 rubles www.bolshoicircus.ru I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to the...

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...

Coming Soon: The Moscow Ring Railway

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, upcoming events, urban changes, and history. One of the truely exciting things occurring in Russia today is the amount...

10 Obscure Videos of Soviet Moscow

The following text was written by Vera Kichanova and originally appeared in Russian on the website “Bolshoi Gorod.” To read the original Russian, click here. This has been translated for the first time into English by...

7 Facts about the April, 1991 Economic Crisis

The following text was written by Aleksei Rudevich and originally appeared in Russian on the website “Russian 7.” To read the original Russian, click here. This has been translated for the first time into English...

16 Ways Studying Abroad is Just Like Harry Potter

Did you ever stop to think about the fact that, technically, Harry Potter was also studying abroad? Here are 16 ways that Harry’s adventures are likely to be just like yours.   1. When you...

15 Signs You Studied Abroad in Russia

Everyone knows the signs of a post-study abroad collegiate: constantly comparing everything to your study abroad city, using every conversation as an excuse to talk about your lifechanging experience, compulsively scanning the web for cheap...

7 Ways Study Abroad is a Second Childhood

After settling in with a host family in Ukraine, I’ve looked back on my notes from my first couple of weeks abroad and come to a realization – in a lot of ways, Abroad-Olivia is...

6 Biggest Culture Shocks in Russia

Moving to a different country is hard. You will probably experience culture shock and will definitely have your ups and downs. Here’s a list of challenges you can expect to run into while you adjust...

10 Differences Between Moscow and Saint Petersburg

“Moscow is the heart, and Saint Petersburg is the head” -This Russian saying was popularized in the time of Peter the Great and references Moscow’s place as the central upholder of Russian traditions while Saint...

Chaikovsky Museum in Moscow

Музей П.И. Чайковского / P.I. Chaikovsky Museum м. Баррикадная Кудринская пл. 46/54 Click here for website (495) 691-1514 The Chaikovsky Museum is part of a complex of museums in Moscow dedicated to Russian musical greats....

Autoville Culture Center in Moscow

Автовилль культурный центр / Autoville Culture Center Ул. Усачева, д. 2, стр. 1 Metro: Frunzenskaya 495-705-98-81 www.autoville.ru One thing that Russian cities tend to have in abundance is museums, and Moscow, not surprisingly, is loaded...

Zu Restaurant in Moscow

Зю/ Zu Restaurant http://www.zucafe.ru Multiple Locations/ Hours vary (see website) Zu is one of those rarities in Moscow: a full-service restaurant in the heart of the city where the majority of entrees cost less than...

Where Are All the Subway Toilets?

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, upcoming events, urban changes, and history. The following is an interesting entry from a...