How to Ride the Russian Overnight Train

If you are a student of Russian reading this blog post, either having already applied to AC Study Abroad or still considering (do it!), then you will likely find yourself on a very long train ride in Russia. Do not be deceived—Russia is an enormous country. Its classification as the biggest on earth does not …

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Getting around in Russia

One aspect of Russia that I have come to appreciate over my time here is the amount of transportation services available to the public, from day to day bus rides around the city, to high speed trains like the “Lastochka”, that can be used to travel quickly to and from different regions.  Metro trains and …

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Public Transportation in St. Petersburg

I’ve never seen anything quite as unpredictably predictable as the St. Petersburg transportation system. There’s a plethora of ways to get around in St. Petersburg: car, bus, metro, marshrutka, taxi, and by foot, of course. I have found that each system has its own set of unique unspoken rules and quirks that make adjustment a …

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Public Transportation in St. Petersburg

Using public transportation has always been a daunting task for me. This may seem like a trivial fear for most people but, for me, it was well justified. I grew up in a small town in rural Wisconsin. To put it in perspective, my town didn’t have stoplight, let alone buses or a metro station. …

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On my love for the Moscow Metro

It probably sounds silly, how much I love the metro. Maybe it's due to the small town girl effect- I come from a town of 10,000 that used to have a taxi, but other than that, has no public transport whatsoever. I think it's more than that, though. I remember clearly sitting at orientation, being …

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7 Lessons in 7 Days: My First Week in Russia

DAY 1: Finally, I’m in St. Petersburg -- the moment I’ve been waiting for! After how many years, I am finally here. However, it’s hard to know what to think after being in a plane for 15 hours. It’s hard to know how to take in all the Cyrillic alphabet that surrounds me as I …

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Babushka

Every Thursday afternoon, at Russian-American club, the Russian and American students in attendance are given a topic and have to come up with a list of responses that are then discussed with the group. This past week, we were given the topic: "How to Make Friends (in Russia and America)". The Russian students recommended very …

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Traveling through Russian Space and Culture

Recently, my classmates and I here in Moscow booked not one, but two trips to elsewhere in Russia. We were lucky enough to travel to St. Petersburg last weekend, and we leave tonight for Nizhnii Novgorod and Kazan. While the payoffs of travel have been amazing, the planning process was anything but simple. However, train …

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