Eight years ago, Russia was selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. I was a junior in high school, I did not know what the Cyrillic alphabet was, and I had zero interest in soccer. I’m now in Saint Petersburg at this historical moment for modern Russia, occupying my days with its language and … Continue reading 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Be There with American Councils
Since the last blog post, I’ve since been even farther away from home in Russia, with my group from St. Petersburg, along with students from other cities in ACTR’s Russian program, taking a long train ride to Volgograd, in the south, formerly Stalingrad. While there are certainly similarities between Americans and Russians in terms of … Continue reading Further Abroad
Immersing myself completely into Russian culture was one of my goals for my semester abroad, and for me, this meant drinking tea with my host family at any time of the day to understanding cultural nuances and (occasionally) learning some slang words once in a while. I knew that every day I would be doing … Continue reading Hola, Россия!
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