A Colorful Surprise

When I first found that I had the opportunity to go to Moscow for the summer to work at an internship and gain international perspective while having a good time, I was ecstatic. I remember calling some of my friends and letting them know the good news. To my chagrin, most of them responded with …

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Learning to Cook

I came to Izmir with very little expectations and complete open-mindedness to whatever the experience brings as I have only known Turkey through stories and my father's trips. My first week in Turkey had been filled with so many interesting experiences. The first thing I tried to find close to my host family was a …

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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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