Sochi, Sochi, Sochi!

Sochi, Sochi, Sochi! So warm and tropical it felt more like a Florida vacation than a city in Russia. Strangely, the part of Sochi that has stayed with me the most isn’t the weather or the sea or our adventurous mountain hike, but the tea plantation we visited. Of course, the tea with lemon and …

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Life in Vladimir, No Ordinary Study Abroad

When I decided to study abroad in Russia I was faced with a very difficult decision: where specifically in Russia should I study, Petersburg, Moscow, or Vladimir? I spent 2 weeks in Moscow last winter, but wasn’t sure if Moscow life would fit me day in and day out for an entire semester. I’m from …

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Throwback Thursday

American Councils was established in 1974, and since then we’ve been passionate about international exchange and language training. Check out the blogs below to see where we’ve been, and then visit our website at acstudyabroad.org to see where you can go with us! Speaking with Confidence – Jason learned that it’s better to speak and …

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Summing up the year in Vladimir

After spending 8 months in Vladimir Russia I can easily answer the questions that are asked to me every day. "Why study Russian?" Other than having the ability to travel to the largest country in the world and probably one of the most important ones at this moment in politics and history, the language just …

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A Different Kind Of Cold

"Its winter, of course it will be cold", this is what I told myself before returning for the spring semester in Vladimir, Russia. I've been many places at various times of year from the northern United States and Canada, throughout the valleys in the Midwest and the mountain regions. I've been through the highlands of …

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Getting around in Russia

One aspect of Russia that I have come to appreciate over my time here is the amount of transportation services available to the public, from day to day bus rides around the city, to high speed trains like the “Lastochka”, that can be used to travel quickly to and from different regions.  Metro trains and …

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An American dancing in Russia

“I knew you were an American before I heard your accent,” said my Zumba instructor in Vladimir, Russia.  “I could tell by the way you moved your hips.”  After years of formal and informal dance instruction, following an instructor’s moves in the mirror is practically second nature to me, and I had danced with abandon, …

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