Podil District in Kyiv

Podil: Persons, places, and things from my favorite district in Kyiv Free and always open Month of April, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch Podil, podil, podil. If you ever go to Kyiv, all the Ukrainians you meet will tell you that you have to go to Podil. Once, a particularly pompous Russian professor even went […]

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Lefortovskii Rinok in Moscow

Лефортовский Pынок / Lefortovskii Rinok Ул. Авиамоторная, 39, Москва, 111024 Hours: 8:00-20:00 Although newer students might feel inclined to head to a familiar supermarket style store for groceries, I urge you to give the local рынок a visit. A рынок is a bazaar-style market that often has clothes, meats, tea, vegetables, fruits, cookies and candy. Sometimes […]

A Student’s Grocer’s Guide: Vladivostok

Along with all of the positives that are part and parcel of moving to a new city – experiencing a new culture, learning a new language, making new acquaintances – there are of course difficulties. Hopefully, this short guide will work to ameliorate at least one of the challenges of settling into a lifestyle; namely, […]

Sportivnaya Market in Vladivostok

Спортивная // Sportivnaya Market ул. Спортивная // Sportivnaya Street 9:00am-6:00pm (Depends on season) Negotiable and Cheap Prices for Everything I had the opportunity to check out the massive Sportivnaya Market with fellow Russian-American student Michael “Stanislav” Wright. We had originally gone earlier in the semester, but unfortunately we found out that it was closed for […]

Osh Bazaar in Bishkek

Ош Базары/Ошский Базар/Osh Bazaar No street address; 3 km west of city center on пр. Чуй Most stalls open from sun up to sun down No entrance fee Today I decided that I needed to experience something that I have long wanted to. Today I decided to go to my first real bazaar in Central […]

12 Russian Brands You Should Buy

Greetings dear readers! As this is an opinion piece, you should first know who I am: an American who finds marketing and pop culture fascinating and who has lived in Russia for more than 10 years. What follows is a list of a few local Russian brands that I’ve personally come to prefer over western […]

4 Foods I’ll Miss the Most from Gastronom 811 in St. Petersburg

Гастроном 811 / Gastronom 811 Ploshad Truda #3 Open 24-hours daily On one of my last few days in St. Petersburg, I took one of my last walks around my neighborhood, and something struck me. ‘If I ever get back here,’ I thought, ‘this is what I’ll want to see first.’ It may not make […]

Lenta in St.Petersburg

Лента/ Lenta ул. Уральская, 29 Open 24 hours “Hey, if you need to buy groceries, cleaning supplies, or whatever else, go to Lenta. It’s basically a Russian version of Wal-Mart!” My classmates have frequently expressed this sentiment over the past two weeks, piquing my interest for Lenta. Since my roommates and I did need more […]