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 … Continue reading Public Transportation in St. Petersburg

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. … Continue reading Public Transportation in St. Petersburg

The Curious Case of the Moscow Commuter

Coming from a small town in New Jersey and attending college at a relatively small campus, I am not a person who spends a long time getting from one place to another. On average, it takes me about ten minutes to get from my dorm room to any of my classes and the general amount … Continue reading The Curious Case of the Moscow Commuter

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 … Continue reading On my love for the Moscow Metro

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 … Continue reading 7 Lessons in 7 Days: My First Week in Russia

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 … Continue reading Never Underestimate the Power of a Babushka

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 … Continue reading Traveling through Russian Space and Culture

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

Roughing it, and Not: Moscow to St. Petersburg, tuda i obratno

My wonderful whirlwind – and decidedly last‐minute – weekend trip to Russia’s “northern capital” was, as so many things here are, born of the fortuitous confluence of coincidence and circumstance. This is not my first stint in Moscow, nor my longest to date, and it surely won’t be my last; one technique I learned long … Continue reading Roughing it, and Not: Moscow to St. Petersburg, tuda i obratno