I heard an expression here once that roughly translates to, “Minutes pass, hours run, and the days fly by.” I understand what this means more than ever, now that it’s already December and study abroad is drawing to a close. I honestly don’t really know how to feel right now – where did the time … Continue reading Minutes Pass, Hours Run, Days Fly
I think one thing that's important to remember (which I completely forgot about in the beginning, shame on me) is to hang out with yourself. Take some time alone away from your friends, your group, etc. and enjoy your own company. Study abroad is not only a great time to learn about a new language … Continue reading Finding the “свой” in the “чужой”.
When I tell people about my major, my future plans, or where I decided to spend my semester abroad, people always ask why. Why Russia? It’s a legitimate question; one I’m never quite sure how to answer. I started studying Russian on a whim and a desire to sleep for an extra half hour, and … Continue reading Why Russia?
It’s easy to get caught up in routines. It’s hard not to, especially when you live in a place for more than a couple of weeks. By now, I know my way (more or less) around Saint Petersburg. A lot here is familiar – comfortable, even. However, I also don’t want to forget the way … Continue reading A Saint Petersburg Morning
While language learning has always been a huge passion of mine, over the last three years I have been actively learning the art of aerial dance. While this initially started out as just a hobby over the last year and a half I have been competing in aerial dance competitions and showcases in a few … Continue reading Climbing the Language Barrier
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