12 Russian Brands You Should Buy

Greetings dear readers! As this is an opinion piece, you should first know who I am: an American who finds marketing and pop culture fascinating and who has lived in Russia for more than 10...

Jessica in St. Petersburg

  Minorities Abroad Project Name: Jessica Destination: St. Petersburg, Russia Time abroad: Summer 2013 Ethnic Self-identification: African-American   The First Day I remember the first day very clearly when I look at the following picture:...

Annie in St. Petersburg

Minorities Abroad Project Name: Annie Choi Destination: St. Petersburg, Russia Time Abroad: Spring 2009 Ethnic Self-identification: Korean-American (Photo by Elise Bergerson) My ethnicity had a profound effect on my experience of Russia even before I...

Morgan in St. Petersburg

Minorities Abroad Project Name: Morgan Jerkins Destination: St. Petersburg, Russia Time Abroad: Summer 2012 Ethnic Self-identification: African-American My name is Morgan Jerkins and I am a rising senior in the Comparative Literature department of Princeton...

Crystal in St. Petersburg

Minorities Abroad Project Name: Crystal Farmer Destination: St. Petersburg, Russia Time Abroad: Summer 2006 Ethnic Self-identification: African-American I was a self contained tourist attraction in Russia. In the midst of me worrying about how to...

Why So Many Manholes?

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

Returning Home after Five Months in St. Petersburg

As part of its September issue, the Russian edition of Esquire magazine turned its focus from celebrities to “ordinary people,” including Vasily Ilyn, a retired farmer from a village in rural Russia. The issue includes...

The Hermitage Museum Staff Cafeteria

If you’re a student of Art and Museums in Russia, you probably already know the incredible opportunities it offers. Unprecedented access to one of the largest and most famed museums the world over is one...

Why do Russians Clap on Planes?

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

The Trouble with English

Before heading to St. Petersburg, SRAS coordinator, April Djakoniya, asked each of us to write down any volunteer opportunities we wanted to pursue. When studying Russian in America, one of the most helpful resources for...

Soviet Cafe, “Kvartirka” in St. Petersburg

Kvartirka/Квартирка Nevsky Prospekt 51 Metro Маяковская Naturally, there are still signs of the Soviet Union in St. Petersburg, or as the city was called about 20 years ago, Leningrad. However, it is still difficult to...

A Night at the Opera

Mariinsky Theater/Мариинский театр Театральная площадь, д. 1 Metro Садовая www.mariinsky.ru The Mariinsky Theater has gotten a lot of press lately with the controversial opening of the new Mariinsky stage. Many residents of St. Petersburg have...

The Petersburg Musuem of Dolls

The Petersburg Musuem of Dolls/ Петербургский музей кукол ул.Камская , 8 Open from 10.00-18.00 Price: 150 rubles for students Museumdolls.ru I consider myself a bit of a kid at heart; therefore, when I first heard about...

Home Sweet Homestay

For most students looking to study abroad, one of the biggest questions they face is whether to pay the extra money for a homestay, or just live in the dorms, which for SRAS programs, are covered in...

“The Leningrad Collection” and “I Keep This City” in St. Petersburg

“The Leningrad Collection” and “I Keep This City” in St. Petersburg / “Ленинград Коллекция” и “Я этим городом храним”  в Санкт-Петербурге K Gallery Ул. Галерной, 47 Prices: 100 rubles for students Coming to and from...

Swan Lake Ballet in St. Petersburg

“Swan Lake” at the Musical Comedy Theater “Лебединое озеро” в театре музыкальной комедии  Ул. итальянская, 13 http://spbmuzcomedy.com Ballet stands as one of the most acclaimed forms of Russian high culture, and perhaps no other show best...

A Walk through a few Parks in St. Petersburg

Mikhailovsky Park, Field of Mars, and the Summer Garden/ Михайловский cад, Марсово поле и Летний cад Центральный район/Central Region of the City Metro: Невский Проспект On beautiful, sunny days in St. Petersburg, many Russians head...

Orange Days in St.Petersburg

Orange Days in St. Petersburg/ Оранжевые дня в Санкт-Петербурге набережная Адмиралтейского Канала, 2 Events scheduled for July 1-12, 2013  New Holland, or Новая Голландия, is a small island close to the dorms with a reputation...

The Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg

The Russian Museum of Ethnography/ Росси́йский этнографи́ческий музе́й Улица Инженерная 4/1 Open everyday from 10.00-18.00, except Mondays and the last Friday of the month Prices: 350 rubles for adults, 150 rubles for students ; free...

Why is the Metro…

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

White Nights Marathon in St. Petersburg

White Nights Marathon/ Белые ночи марафон Palace Square/ Дворцовая площадь June 30, 2013 9.00- 15.00 (6 hours allowed to complete the marathon) www.wnmarathon.ru I am extremely fortunate to know Irina Aleksandrovna Boggie, my neighbor, Russian language teacher,...

Kirov Museum in St. Petersburg

Sergei Kirov Museum/ Музей С. М. Кирова 28 Каменноостровский проспект, Metro Горьковская or Петроградская Open: 11am to 6pm every day; until 5:30pm on Tuesdays www.kirovmuseum.ru Although it has been more than 20 years since the...

Kilikiya in St. Petersburg

Kilikiya/ Киликия  ул. Гороховая 26/40 Open 10:30 a.m-6 a.m. Meals range from 200-600 rubles Restorankilikiya.ru While my roommates and I enjoy traditional Russian food, we also like to explore other exotic fare. Therefore, we have designated “foreign...

Mayakovskaya Library in St. Petersburg

The Central City Public Library named after V. V. Mayakovsky / Центральная городская публичная библиотека им. В. В. Маяковского Реки Фонтанка 46, Metro Маяковская Open: Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm www.pl.spb.ru  Literature and culture have a very strong...

The Scarlet Sails 2013 in St. Petersburg

Scarlet Sails/ Алые паруса Palace Embankment/ Дворцовая набережная The main festivities lasted from 22.00- 2.30  In the United States, while students gleefully anticipate the end of the school year, they tend to celebrate it in...

Statoil Presentation in St. Petersburg

Statoil Presentation at the Nevsky Palace Hotel / Statoil презентация в Невскoм Палас Отеле Nevsky Prospekt, 57/ Невский проспект, 57 The official company webite: www.statoil.com The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) not only stresses the...

The Salvation Army in St. Petersburg: A General Overview

The Salvation Army of St. Petersburg / Армия спасения в Санкт Петербурге Ул. Литейная, 44 http://pitersa.ru/ In the USA, humanitarian groups like the Salvation Army serve as highly visible, influential actors that champion for social...

“The Triumph of the Romanov Empire” in St. Petersburg

“The Triumph of the Romanov Empire”/ Триумф империи Романовых Невский проспект,  14 Open 24 hours  The year 2013 coincides with a major milestone in Russian history, as it marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of the...

Lenta in St.Petersburg

Лента/ Lenta ул. Уральская, 29 Open 24 hours “Hey, if you need to buy groceries, cleaning supplies, or whatever else, go to Lenta. It’s basically a Russian version of Wal-Mart!” My classmates have frequently expressed...

Stolovaya No. 1 Kopeika in St.Petersburg

Stolovaya No. 1 Kopeika/ Cтоловая No. 1 Kопейка ул. Итальянская, 17 Open 24 hours Meals from 100 rubles+  Since arriving in St. Petersburg, my fellow classmates and I have seen signs reading “stolovaya” (the Russian...