Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg, Russia

In Saint Petersburg you could go to a museum every day for 3 months and not visit them all. There are a few that are simply must-see — some for their magnificent art and architecture, others for their historical value, but there is one in particular that everyone should visit for its sheer uniqueness. Kunstkamera […]

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White Nights: Culture and Night Life in St. Petersburg

10:17pm sunsets and 3:30am sunrises. That was my initial description of St. Petersburg when friends and family asked how my study abroad experience is going. The 18 hours of daily sunlight that mark St. Petersburg’s “White Nights” are nature’s gift to the northern city that is Russia’s cultural capital. Though the sun sets at around […]

Sand Sculptures at Peter Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia

Just outside the walls of the mighty Peter Paul Fortress, on a Neva River beach, is a different kind of architectural grandeur. The Sand Sculpture Festival (Фестиваль песчаных скульптур) takes places every summer here in central St. Petersburg.   Each year has a theme; this year (2018) the theme was “World Masterpieces,” and the festival […]

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in St. Petersburg, Russia

Maybe you’ve heard of Pacman, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders, but what about Rally Авторалли-М), The Humpbacked Horse (Конек Горбунок), and Torpedo Attack (Торпед Атака)?  While Americans were shoving quarters into arcade machines to play game after game, those in the Soviet Union were dropping in 15 kopecks in just the same way. A few […]

Boat Tour Around St. Petersburg – My Farewell to the City

As the spring semester was winding down in St. Petersburg, my fellow classmates and I all wanted to have one last stroll around the city. Luckily for us, SRAS had another idea in mind: a boat tour! Our local coordinator informed us that we’d have an hour tour that would take us around the canals […]

Soulmate Cat Cafe in St. Petersburg

Coffee and cats – what could be better? One thing that many students studying abroad have in common is the yearning to see their beloved pets again. Not all students are ready to return home, but many of them simply miss their pets and are in dire need of some animal cuddling. Luckily for my […]

Russian Learners and Speakers Club in St. Petersburg

One of the most intimidating and difficult parts of learning a language is speaking. I only really found this out after coming abroad. Most foreign language courses will start with the alphabet, grammar structure, and basic phrases needed to navigate a foreign city. This was the level of Russian I had when I first arrived […]

Intelligent Flea Market in St. Petersburg, Russia

Where the Affordable Meets the Trendy As an avid window-shopper and a habitual bargainer, it’s understandable why flea markets hold a special place in my heart. I can confidently say that I have never turned down going to any kind of flea market, even if it has landed me in some unimpressive places. For the […]

Day Trip to a Russian Dacha from St. Petersburg

For my spring semester abroad, I’m studying right in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia. I’m surrounded by a ton of cute cafes and diverse restaurants, and I’m within walking distance of several popular attractions in the city, such as the Hermitage and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. However, being in the […]

Maslenitsa Through the Eyes of American Students, 2018

On February 17, squares, avenues and parks in every corner of Russia celebrated Maslenitsa, a traditional Russian holiday that marks the imminent end of winter with mountains of hot, delicious blini and revelry. Originally a pagan holiday celebrated as early as the 2nd century A.D., Maslenitsa has been somewhat folded into Orthodox Christian traditions and […]

Holidays in Russia

Holidays in Russia with descriptions, histories and official days off for 2017 A list of those holidays of cultural importance in Russia. Dates, days off, and histories of the holidays are all listed. New Year / Новый Год December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (days off: Jan 1, 2017 – Jan 8, 2017) Russians will have […]

Remembrance of WWII in St. Petersburg

Throughout my program in Russia these past few months, the toll of the Second World War, has often been present and palpable. During World War II and the Great Fatherland War, the name Russians give the part of the war that took part on Soviet land, approximately 20-30 million Soviet men and women perished. Some […]

Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg

Mikhailovsky Theater Sleeping Beauty/Спящая красавица The Nutcracker/Шелкунчик Mikhailovsky.ru tickets starting at about 750 ru for each show Arts Square in St, Petersburg is the location of the Russian Arts Museum, the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, and the Theater of Music Comedy. Arts Square is also the location of the Mikhailovsky Theater. This […]

XVI International Winter Festival in St. Petersburg

XVI International Winter Festival December 13-25, 2015 Arts Square Yuri Temirkanov (Artistic Director of the Festival) Philharmonia.spb.ru The International Winter Festival is an annual musical festival that takes place in December at Arts Square. This year, there were performances and exhibitions by the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Mikhailovsky Theater, the Theater of Musical Comedy, the […]

St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia

St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Yuri Temirkanov (director)  St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev (director) Philharmonia.spb.ru Growing up listening to symphonic works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Wagner and being involved with orchestra throughout my musical career, I have developed a deep love for the symphony orchestra. During my time in St. Petersburg, […]

Pin-up Exhibition at Art Center in St. Petersburg

Art Center Dumskaya Ulitsa, 4 Tickets from 150 rubles Strolling around the second story of the Art Center space on Dumskaya, posters and calendars showcase nearly a century’s worth of art. Many know of pin-ups, but not so much of the cultural significance of these camera-loving ladies. What do you mean, a “pin-up”?  Exactly that, […]

Russian Symphonies in St. Petersburg

The Symphony Orchestra of the State Primorsky Theater Of Opera and Ballet Yekaterina Mechetina (piano) Anton Lubchenko (conductor)  Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall Mariinsky.ru The Russia School of Classical Music has greatly contributed to the genre of symphonic music. By the beginning of the 20th century, many Western composers were influenced by Russian music. Studying in […]

Peterland Aquapark in St. Petersburg

Peterland Aquapark (Питерлэнд Аквапарк) Приморский пр., 72 From 1000 rubles At times, life in St. Petersburg can get a bit mundane. Even with the world-class ballet and numerous museums to attend to, everyday routines can start to get you down- especially when you’re trudging along during the rainy, cold months. Luckily for us, there’s Peterland! […]

The Oprichnik in St. Petersburg

The Oprichnik/ Опричник Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall Mariinsky Opera Theater, Ballet, and Academy of Young Opera Singers Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru I am so excited about studying in St. Petersburg because I get the chance to see a lot of Russian operas that are not performed in theaters in the West. As a Russian musicologist, […]

Museum of Erotica: an Unforgettable and Unique Experience

Museum of Erotica Ligovsky Propekt, 43/45 Open 24/7! 490 rubles for two students (come with a friend!) Museros.ru Tired of the same old tourist itineraries?  Or are you (un)fortunate enough to be an insomniac in St. Petersburg? Well, lucky for you, the Museum of Erotica is open 24 hours a day and is located right […]

Dead Souls in St. Petersburg

Dead Souls/ Мёртвые души Mariinsky II Mariinsky Opera Theater Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Ever since I saw Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, I have become a huge fan of 20th century opera. Some of my favorite 20th century operas include a diverse range from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess to Shostakovich’s The Nose and Lady Macbeth […]

All Prokofiev Concert in St. Petersburg

The Mariinsky Orchestra Denis Matsuev (piano) Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Matsuev.com Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was one the greatest Russian composers who lived during the Soviet Era. Prokofiev composed for many genres (symphonies, operas, ballets) and he composed music for movies, including Sergei Eisenstein’s films Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible. Being a huge fan of […]

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg ул. Профессора Попова 2, (Petrogradskaya Metro) Open 10am – 6pm; Last admission is at 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Fridays Tickets start at 40 rubles (see below for details) Botsad-spb.com Whether you’re in St. Petersburg during the sunny summer months or the wet, cold winter, the Botanical Garden and Museum on […]

Prince Igor in St. Petersburg

Prince Igor/ Князь Игорь Mariinsky Opera, Chorus, and Ballet Pavel Smelkov (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Opera is one of the most remarkable art forms that have been created in cultural history. Opera combines all the elements of the arts (music, theater, visual and performing arts) into one memorable production. Ever since Mikhail Glinka’s A Life for the […]

‘Beatnik Market’: Russian Beat in St. Petersburg

Универмаг «Битник» Итальянская улица 17 find them on Facebook Interested in some retro fashion or events while in Piter?  Between Nevsky and the Russian Museum, the Beatnik project boasts a bar and a gallery/event space.  They hosted the Beatnik market from the 6th-9th of October, showcasing DJs, artist Stas Kazimov, and retro market with local […]

All About Anticafes in St. Petersburg

Anticafes in St. Petersburg Hang out and meet locals Multiple Locations in St. Petersburg Russian: антикафе. Also called a free space (свободное пространство), time-club (тайм-клуб), or time-cafe (тайм-кафе) Anti-cafes are “free spaces” for you to relax with friends, keep busy with wi-fi, play board games or video games, drink tea and coffee, nom on some […]

Watching Russian Hockey in Saint Pertersburg

SKA Saint Petersburg Hockey Team SKA.ru Along with music, sports are a huge part of my life. I’ve swam and dived and, in high school, was the team manager of our Varsity Women’s Basketball team. I love watching basketball and football (Go Giants and go Alabama Crimson Tide!). Because of my busy schedule as a […]

Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg

Concert Hall/ Концертный зал Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra Lucas Debargue (piano) Valery Gergiev (conductor) http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/ There is nothing I love more than playing in a symphony orchestra. I have performed with an orchestra on the flute, cello, and with a choir. I also enjoy going to concerts where a symphony orchestra is playing. Ever since […]

Peterhof St. Petersburg: Closing of the Fountains Spectacular

Peterhof/Петергоф Closing of the Fountains Spectacular Peterhofmuseum.ru The Tsars had several summer palaces outside St Petersburg. The first summer palace that I was able to visit was Peterhof and during my visit I was able to watch an amazing Spectacular. This show was celebrating the closing of the fountains for the winter season. Peterhof (Russian: […]

Remembering Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg

Day of Russian Music in Saint Petersburg Art Square; Free Admission The St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra Director: S. Kochanovsky The music of Petr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) has been very impactful on me since I saw his ballet The Nutcracker when I was a little girl. His music is one of the reasons why I […]

Swan Lake at the Alexandrinsky Theater St. Petersburg

Alexandrinsky Theater / Александринский театр Alexandrinsky.ru Ticket Office: 9:00 – 18:00 Monday through Friday ~1500 rubles per person (for good seats) Swan Lake was not the first ballet I had been to, but it was definitely the best. Before I came to Russia, one of the things that I absolutely had to do was to go […]

A Trip to Tsarskoye Selo from St. Petersburg

Tsarskoye Selo: Catherine Palace and Park / Царское село: Екатерининский дворец и парк Cost: Catherine Park – 120 rubles (60 w/student ID); Catherine Palace – 520 rubles (260 w/ student ID); Hours: Park – 10am-7pm; Palace – 10am-6pm Tzar.ru While my short stay in St. Petersburg was quickly dwindling down, I was determined to get […]

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