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...

The Waves of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an ocean of experience, of feeling, of emotion. Vast, sometimes turbulent, other times calm. Now, I’m expecting that rush of questions about experience, culture differences, and life when I return home. I’ve...

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...

Sportivnaya Market in Vladivostok

Спортивная // Sportivnaya Market ул. Спортивная // Sportivnaya Street 9:00am-6:00pm (Depends on season) Negotiable and Cheap Prices for Everything I had the opportunity to check out the massive Sportivnaya Market with fellow Russian-American student Michael...

The Expats of Vladivostok

The Expats of Vladivostok Republic Bar First Tuesday of every Month (or whenever Barry says) 7:00PM-11:00PM I always thought an expatriate was an American citizen living abroad. It made sense in my head, an expatriate...

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...

Coffetory in Vladivostok

Кофетория Кафе // Coffetory Cafe ул. Светланская 61 // 61 Svetlanskaya Street 10am-1am Fanciest, decently priced cafe in Vladivostok www.coffetory-vl.ru Coffetory Cafe is the swankiest place I have been to here in Vladivostok. It is...

Shoko Cafe in Vladivostok

Шоколадница Кофейня // Shokoladnitsa Cafe ул. Светланская 13 // 13 Svetlanskaya Street 9:00am-12:00am Tasty, chocolatey treats Shoko.ru/Vladivostok Shokoladnitsa Cafe (or just simply Shoko) is a chain of cafes around Russia that are known to serve...

Burritos Mexican Grill in Vladivostok

Burritos Mexican Grill Фонтанная ул. 44 и Пограничная ул. 12 // 44 Fontanaya and 12 Pogranichanaya Street 10:00am-10:00pm The Only Mexican-Russian Food in Vladivostok Cafeburritos.ru The closer Burritos Mexican Grill to VSUES is tucked away...

Vladivostok City Dance Competition in Vladivostok

Vladivostok City Dance Competition Stealth Nightclub, 83 Svetlanskaya Street April 4th, 2014 300 rubles By far the most interesting social excursion I have been to here in Vladivostok, attending the Vladivostok City Dance Competition will...

Friends Cafe in Vladivostok

Friends Cafe Семеновская ул., 25a // 25a Semenovskaya Street 8:30am-9:00pm Small, cute cafe with tasty treats   Friends Cafe is a quaint, sit-down, little arts cafe hidden off Semenovskaya Street on the way from the...

Pygmalion Fashion Show in Vladivostok

Пигмалион // Pygmalion Fashion Show The Underground Theater at VSUES April 25th, 2014 200 rubles I finally made it to the Underground Theater! The Underground is the theater at the bottom of VSUES and is...

Anti-cafe in Vladivostok

Антикафе “Отдел Культуры” // Department of Culture Anti-Cafe Светланская ул., д.5 // 5 Svetlanskaya Street Monday 6:00pm-12:00am Tuesday 12:00pm-4:00am Wednesday 12:00pm-12:00am Thursday 12:00pm-12:00am Friday 12:00pm-4:00am Saturday 10:00am-4:00am Sunday 10:00am-12:00am Coolest Hangout Spot in Vladivostok anti-cafe.org...

Tottori Sushi in Vladivostok

Tottori Sushi 35 Gogolya St. $9-$18 Largest portions of sushi Close location to VSUES I’m surprised that Tottori has not been written about before. Tottori is one of the closest “fancy” sit-down restaurants (not fast...

Five O’Clock in Vladivostok

Five O’Clock Admirala Fokina Street, 6 11 am – 11 pm Daily $3-6 for Good Coffee  / English-Speaker Solidarity www.five-oclock.ru Looking for a place in Vladivostok that resembles England? A place that you can hold...

An Evening of Classical Music at FEFU in Vladivostok

FEFU Chamber Assembly Concert / ДВФУ Камерные Ассамблеи Ul. Perta Velikogo 3/ Ул. Перта Великого 3 March 15, 2014 Free and open to the public After President Putin’s shocking decision to hold the 2012 APEC in...

Wasabi Japanese Kitchen in Vladivostok

Wasabi Japanese Kitchen & Cafe Семеновская ул., 30 / Semenovskaya St, 30 Hours of Operation: 10-23 Price: $5-$15 Free Wifi Going to Wasabi was my first big adventure! While I’m fairly weak in Russian speaking,...

Weak in Language Acquisition? Don’t Worry!

Salutations reader! My name is Ian (Yan in Russia) and I’m currently studying Russian as a Second Language and Far Eastern Studies at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service. I’m naturally weak in language...

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...

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...

Pacific Style Week Fashion Show in Vladivostok

Pacific Style Week Fashion Show/ Дефиле Недели Моды во Владивостоке Спортивный комплекс Чемпион-1: П-кт. Партизанский, д. 44 April 15, 2013 Free and open to the public Living there from day to day, it is often...

Cafe Bogema in Vladivostok

Cafe Bogema/Кафе Богема Ул. Крылова, д. 10, здание Ливонии 11 am – 12 am Daily Meals from $4 For the last month of the Cheap Eats challenge, I decided to stick with a theme that...

Jazz Evening at Michelle in Vladivostok

Jazz Evening at Michelle/Джазовый Вечер в Мишеле Ул. Уборевича, д. 5а, 8 этаж Fridays, 8 pm – 11 pm (approximately) Open to restaurant patrons only I think most would agree that some of the best...

Bite Burger in Vladivostok

Bite Burger Пр-кт Красного Знамени, д. 59 9 am – 11 pm Daily Meals from $4.50 Vladivostok has been going through a bit of an “April showers” period. As I dislike this type of weather...

AutoVladCar Exhibition in Vladivostok

AutoVladCar Exhibition/Выставка AutoVladCar Спортивный комплекс Чемпион-1: П-кт. Партизанский, д. 44 April 10-12, 2013 Free and open to the public Being from Chicago, one event that I especially miss when I’m abroad is the annual Auto...

Khan Guk Kvan in Vladivostok

 Khan Guk Kvan/Хангуккван Пр-т. Красного Знамени, д. 45 12 pm – 12 am Daily Meals from $8.50 My first April entry is dedicated to that wise old adage: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”...

Rap Battle for New Talent in Vladivostok

Rap Battle for New Talent/Rap Battle Новые Таланты Бар-клуб Егерь – ул. Светланская, д. 18 March 16, 2013 – 5 pm Entrance: 200 rub One of the very cool things about living in a foreign...