Places to Visit in St. Petersburg: Datsan Gunzechoinei and Tspkio Park

A simple Friday afternoon turned out to be one of my most favorite days when a friend and I had decided to seek out Datsan Gunzechoinei, or Russia’s most northern Buddhist temple. In 1909 a representative of the Dalai Lama was granted permission to build a Buddhist temple in Saint Petersburg and it was then … Continue reading Places to Visit in St. Petersburg: Datsan Gunzechoinei and Tspkio Park

Places To Visit In St. Petersburg: Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery

A typically untraditional place to visit in Saint Petersburg is the Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery (Пискарёвское мемориа́льное кла́дбище), located further away from the center of Saint Petersburg. In order to get there you will need to take both the metro and the bus. The cemetery contains almost 500,000 Russians in 186 mass graves who died during … Continue reading Places To Visit In St. Petersburg: Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery

How to Make the Most of your Time in St. Petersburg: 8 Recommendations

1. Explore the neighborhood you live in and don’t only stay on Nevsky Prospect. While there are many incredible things to see along Nevsky Prospect, the main drag, staying off Nevsky will allow you to see other attractions without the crowds of foreign and domestic tourists as well as helping to improve your Russian, as … Continue reading How to Make the Most of your Time in St. Petersburg: 8 Recommendations

Nevsky Prospect

It can be rather overwhelming at times to simply choose a sightseeing destination to visit in St. Petersburg. The city is teeming with attractions, from the palaces, cathedrals, and other historic buildings to the modern art exhibitions and pristine suburbs. It should come as no surprise that the Hermitage Museum, Kazan Cathedral, and the Peter … Continue reading Nevsky Prospect

Fall Break: A Time to Travel

One of the most anticipated aspects of the Fall semester for any student is the Fall or Thanksgiving break. While we may not get a week, or even a few days, off here, the Russian Government was kind enough to salvage a Soviet Holiday for the students; replacing the holiday of the October Revolution with … Continue reading Fall Break: A Time to Travel

Weekend in Moscow

I’ve returned from Moscow, safe and sound! It was my first taste of travel, and I have to say, I absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait to travel again. Hands down one of the best weekends of my life—not THE best, but it’s definitely up there. Thursday was a busy day. I intended to … Continue reading Weekend in Moscow

10 Things to be Sure to do in Moscow

As we reach the two-weeks-left stage, it seems appropriate to share some comments and advice on what to be sure to do in Moscow for those who are coming on the program in future semesters. Especially if you are coming for the summer program, it is important to make time to go do/see what interests … Continue reading 10 Things to be Sure to do in Moscow

Ways to Enjoy the Russian Winter

Well, where to begin? This is my third semester in Moscow, and I have simply loved all the time that I have spent here. I arrived in the summer when it was blazing hot and the burn piles were beginning to smoke and smolder. I, however, enjoyed it so much that I decided to stay … Continue reading Ways to Enjoy the Russian Winter