I’ve noticed a lot of American chain restaurants around Saint Petersburg, Russia, especially in the center of the city. I haven’t stepped foot in any of them, though. Why would I, when the traditional food here is nothing short of delicious? Everything I’ve eaten has been so tasty that I’m not sure if my host … Continue reading Good Eats in Saint Petersburg
One of the main reasons I chose to live in Petersburg for the summer was to learn about the Russian culture beyond what I read in our textbooks and see through media. Here, I have met new people either by shopping for groceries, trying to eat as much delicious Georgian food as possible, or simply … Continue reading Culture Beyond Politics
For me St. Petersburg is a place that has been both found and lost. My first visit to Russia was in 1997 living in Pskov, and I moved to St. Petersburg in 1999. During this time, I taught English in the evenings and struggled to learn Russian in my spare time. I hadn’t had formal … Continue reading Toska
My trip to St. Petersburg has always been about music. I’ve played the violin for almost 30 years, and the most formative musical moments of my life were in some way or another connected to the Russian musical tradition. I vividly remember cowering under the covers as a kid watching the Night on Bald Mountain … Continue reading Language Learning Through Music
I remember the thrill of excitement when I found out I would be studying abroad in St. Petersburg for the summer. I remember thinking how beautiful, how unique of an experience I will have. I thought back to everything I had learned about Russian culture and wondered how I would do my best to assimilate. … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Fear
Flying to Russia to spend a summer study abroad has been the best decision of my life. Before deciding on making my trip, I was a little worried because of the international tensions my country (USA), and Russia currently face. As a Russian Language major, I knew that I needed to take this step in … Continue reading Identity in Russia
Let me begin by saying that this title is quite misleading. I in fact have both my legs. I am not an amputee. I merely hyperbolize and lament the fact that I’m experiencing this beautiful city of St. Petersburg all while clomping around with a big, ugly, black boot immobilizing my left foot. Context: I … Continue reading Misadventures of the One-legged Boy
A post from RLASP Spring 2017 participant, Nadezhda Braun.
A few days ago I tried to purchase a painting at an outdoor art market across the street from my apartment. Despite the variety beautiful pieces of the city, I found myself at a loss. None of them seemed to capture the light in this city that is so infatuating. How even on the cold, gray, and icy days there is still an inherent beauty in how the street lamps illuminate the snow falling. Or how the light from the sunset hits the multicolor buildings and makes them glow. The light of St. Petersburg seems to create a sense of magic and mystery.
I started a habit of taking sunset pictures after this day.
It is this sense of magic that makes St. Petersburg, and in turn, the Russian language and culture, so fascinating for me to learn about. It is a language, contrary to popular belief, of love, life…
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We have reached the halfway point of my semester abroad here in St. Petersburg. Honestly, I can feel my Russian language abilities improving. I’m becoming more comfortable here, between learning the layout of the city and actually communicating with the Russians around me. I’ve had different breakthroughs with language, between getting to the point where … Continue reading Progress
Today marks four weeks into this trip of a lifetime. In the past month, so much has changed for me. An entirely new time zone, a new place to call home, new friends, and a different language in which I am totally immersed. It’s been quite an experience so far, but I am eager to … Continue reading An American In St. Petersburg