The White Nights of Saint Petersburg

From late May until late July, the residents of Russia’s northern capital, Saint Petersburg, are at last relieved from the long and dark winter of hibernation and welcome the phenomenon known as the White Nights. Due to Saint Petersburg’s location a mere seven degrees south of the Arctic circle, during these summer months the sun …

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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 …

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