A Trip to Sochi

Sochi At the midway point of the semester, RLASP Russia students from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Vladimir traveled to Sochi by train for a week-long stay in the resort town. While the city is most well-known across the globe for its hosting of the 2014 Winter Games, Sochi holds a special place in my heart …

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Final Thoughts

Follow all Taylor's thoughts on her semester abroad in Moscow, Russia by checking out her previous blogs: Being Black In Russia, and A Little Sun-Kissed. ... As I sit here writing this blog post, I’m thinking about the ways in which my experience abroad has drastically influenced who I am. During 2019, I spent a …

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Highlights of my Semester in Russia: A Photo Blog

This post will contain a few of the many pictures I have taken in Moscow. It was difficult to pick just a few favorites! Early on in the semester we took a trip to visit Moscow State University, one of the top universities in Russia.  The university has a large campus with many buildings, but …

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Russian Desserts

There are so many desserts at Pirogovyj Dvorik (Пироговый дворик) that ordering can become quite overwhelming. Luckily, I’ve been eating lunch there with my friends three to four times a week every week since the beginning of the semester. That means I’ve already eaten there about 40 times. And although it’s still early December, I …

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Celebrating a Birthday Abroad

While spending a birthday abroad in a foreign country without family or close friends can be difficult and lonely, it is just as easy to turn the day into a great memory for years to come by sticking to what you know. Personally, I enjoy bonding with family and friends by huddling close together over …

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Learning Public History in Russia

Studying abroad with American Councils provided me with the opportunity to undertake an internship at a Russian museum as part of my studies in Russia. At the museum I work as a volunteer in the office of the main curator of exhibitions, a department of the museum that coordinates many of the actions of the …

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Last Weeks in St. Petersburg

In these last weeks of the program, our Resident Director has been reminding us that now is the optimal time for language gain. This is something that we were told at orientation as well, and it’s helpful to have the reminder during these last few weeks. For me, they have been the toughest on the …

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Making Friends In Russia

Making friends in Russia is hard. It’s hard everywhere, as a matter of fact, for an introvert who only has two or three close friends and absolutely despises small talk and struggles to come up with even a single topic of conversation in the face of any prolonged interaction with a stranger. Naturally, these difficulties …

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A Little Sun-Kissed

I guess you can say that this is a continuation of my first blog, “Being Black in Russia” where I felt like like I was constantly being identified as the "outsider" and I learned  owning my blackness is the key to taking advantage of my opportunities here. There’s not going to be a clear connection between …

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