The Allies in Siberia During the Russian Revolution

Despite its distance from the hotbed of Russian revolutionary violence, the city of Vladivostok and the Russian Far East experienced their own challenges and intrigue in the seldom recalled Allied intervention in Siberia, spanning from...

Tiger Day 2015 in Vladivostok

The fourth Sunday of every September in Vladivostok is set aside for a local holiday called “День Тигра” (“Tiger Day”). The event celebrates the Amur (also called Siberian) Tigers, whose natural habitat is the Primorsky...

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...

Minorities Abroad: Additional Resources

This site isn’t the only resource for minority students studying in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe! Below is a collection of interesting and useful sites from around the web, featuring videos, interviews, and much more....

Vladivostok: A Guide to Hiking and Beaches

If there is one thing I will regret about having spent an academic year in Vladivostok, it will be not spending an entire calendar year here. The winter truly does have a beauty unto its...

Local Travel – Getting out of Vladivostok

One of my favorite sensations as a traveler is finding myself in an unknown area with a wide-open schedule. Those with a sense of wanderlust can find plenty of opportunities to feed it while in...

The Kitchen in Vladivostok

Kitchen ул. Пограничная 12 Hours; Noon-Midnight (Sun.-Thurs.), Noon-2am (Fri & Sat.); Meals from 500 rubles ($10); 10% off menu prices Noon-5pm everyday Izbrasserie.ru Hailing from the fairly humble stylistic environs of my Kentucky hometown, acclimating...

Michel’s Bakery in Vladivostok

Michel’s Bakery/Пекарня Мишеля ул. Суханова 6а, Владивосток, Россия Hours: 9am-11pm everyday; Meals from $9 Michelbakery.ru Rumors of western culture crossing the border into Russia have a knack for creating quite a stir. This is especially...

Korea House in Vladivostok

Korea House ул. Семёновская, д.76 Hours: Noon-Midnight everyday; Meals from 450 rubles ($7.50) koreahouse.su One of the greatest benefits of studying abroad is inarguably the direct insight into a foreign culture that, with but a...

Old-World Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vladivostok

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Евангелическо-лютеранская церковь Св. Павла) ул. Пушкинская 14 Service every Sunday at 11; Concert times vary; Tickets usually range from 300-500 rubles ($5-8) Tel. 295-47-47  Some of the more impressive structures...

Dong Dae Mun Restaurant in Vladivostok

Dong Dae Mun ул. Адмирала Фокина 3а Hours: Noon-Midnight; Meals from $7 (400r)  It was my first International Women’s Day (Международный женский день) and my university “groupmates” (одногруппницы) and I decided to celebrate the holiday...

Pizza M Café in Vladivostok

Pizza M Café/кофейня ул. Посьетская 20 Hours: 24 hour (круглосуточно); Meals from $8 (500r) PizzaM.ru For every individual, the rate of new culture digestion differs. Some dive in one nationality and come out another. Others...

Hanuri Restaurant in Vladivostok

Hanuri Restaurant / Ханури ресторан ул. Батерейная 3а Hours; 12-Midnight everyday; meals from 450 rur ($7) VL.ru/hanuri With two weeks of the spring semester already behind us, both second semester students and the newly arrived...

New Year in Vladivostok

Without having given it much thought up until the end of the semester, as decorations began to go up around town and talk of the holidays began, I realized that this would be my first...

Moonshine Bar in Vladivostok

Moonshine Bar ул. Светланская 1, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Mon.-Thurs. Noon-2am, Fri.-Sun. Noon-4am; Entrees from 250 rubles, Beer from 200 rubles Moonshinebar.ru Of all of the local establishments in Vladivostok striving in one way or another...

The Theater of Opera and Ballet in Vladivostok

Theater of Opera and Ballet/Театр оперы и балета ул. Фастовская 14, стр. 12 Festival of the 15 Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich Hours and Ticket Prices: performance dependent Primopera.ru Apart from the Golden Bridge (Золотой мост)...

The House-Museum of Sukhanov in Vladivostok

The House-Museum of Sukhanov / Дом-музей Суханова ул. Суханова, 9 Hours: 10am-7:30pm Tuesday-Sunday; Cost: 100 ruble tour; 100 ruble master-class  Like any good traveler, after booking my flight to Vladivostok, I set off to the...

Munich Pub in Vladivostok

Munich Pub / Мюнхен ул. Светланская, 3, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Noon-2am; meals from 420 rubles, business lunch (30% off menu price) Noon-4pm Munichpub.com I had been making my rounds of the international fare as of late,...

Lapshin-San in Vladivostok

Lapshin-San/Лапшин-Сан Ул. Адмирала Фокина, 23 б Hours: 10am-Midnight everyday Meals from 375 rubles It is said that all good things must come to end. Accordingly, I was beginning to wonder when my streak of rather...

Ganga in Vladivostok

Ganga/Ганга Океанский проспект, 69 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm; Meals from 350 rubles Gangacafe.ru  Living in Russia, I am frequently asked to explain the reason for my vegetarianism. Despite its almost daily nature, every time...

Kim Gan San Restaurant in Vladivostok

Kim Gan San Restaurant/Кым ган сан ресторан ул. Крылова 10 Hours: Noon-Midnight everyday; meals from $10  In the handful of weeks separating my decision to spend some time abroad after graduation and my eventually selecting...

Chan-Li in Vladivostok

Chan-Li/Чан-Ли Океанский проспект 10Б Hours: 10am-10pm everyday; Meals from 500 rubles 11am-4am buffet for 150 rubles Chan-li.ru My roommate burst into our ever-cozier two bed bungalow more excited than I’ve likely ever seen him. After...

Café Lima in Vladivostok

Café Lima / Кафе Лима Океанский проспект 11 Hours: Noon-10pm everyday; Meals from $6 LimaCafe.ru Vladivostok (Владивосток) lives up to its name which comes from the Russian root, vlad (влад, as in владеть: to control/command)...

Friendship Bar in Vladivostok

Friendship Bar / Дружба бар ул. Пограничная, 6, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Sun-Thurs. Noon-3am, Fri & Sat. Noon-7am; Meals for under 360 rubles Fear not hipsters! Your culture lives and breaths even thousands of miles from home in...

The Closing of Biker Season in Vladivostok

The Closing of Biker Season / Закрытие байкерского сезона ул. Дальзаводская Cost: Free Get married. Burn some rubber. Rock out. Or just plain look like someone not to mess with. All things to do and/or...

Latsio Café-Pizzeria in Vladivostok

Latsio Café-Pizzeria / Лацио кафе-пиццерия 37 Светланская ул. Hours: 10am-Midnight everyday; Meals from 350 rubles Laziovl.ru It’s not easy for an eatery to stand out on the central, bustling stretch of Svetlanskaya Street (Светланская ул.)...

A Student’s Grocer’s Guide: Vladivostok

Along with all of the positives that are part and parcel of moving to a new city – experiencing a new culture, learning a new language, making new acquaintances – there are of course difficulties....

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...

An Evening at the Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic in Vladivostok

Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic / Приморская краевая филармония Светланская ул. 13 10:00-14:00, 15:00-20:00; Primfil.ru The unofficial theme for the Concert of Traditional Korean Music and Dances (Концерт традиционной корейской музыки и танцев) seemed to be one...

Tokarevski Lighthouse in Vladivostok

Tokarevski Lighthouse/Токаревский марк Мыс Токаревского Cost: $5-10 (includes roundtrip transportation and food; destination itself is free) “All I know about Russia is that it’s very cold.” This frequently encountered profession of ignorance, will wear anyone...