Author: Ian Blair

The Waves of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an ocean of experience, of feeling, of emotion. Vast, sometimes turbulent, other times calm. Now, I’m expecting that rush of questions about experience, culture differences, and life when I return home. I’ve been thinking about how I will explain what I did and how I felt. And I realized that, for me, […]

The Expats of Vladivostok

The Expats of Vladivostok Republic Bar First Tuesday of every Month (or whenever Barry says) 7:00PM-11:00PM I always thought an expatriate was an American citizen living abroad. It made sense in my head, an expatriate simply being a former patriot. It wasn’t until I came to Russia that I learned that expatriate is just a […]

Vladivostok City Dance Competition in Vladivostok

Vladivostok City Dance Competition Stealth Nightclub, 83 Svetlanskaya Street April 4th, 2014 300 rubles By far the most interesting social excursion I have been to here in Vladivostok, attending the Vladivostok City Dance Competition will be something I will not forget. Fellow American student, Kylea Brown, invited me to help cheer on one of her […]

Pygmalion Fashion Show in Vladivostok

Пигмалион // Pygmalion Fashion Show The Underground Theater at VSUES April 25th, 2014 200 rubles I finally made it to the Underground Theater! The Underground is the theater at the bottom of VSUES and is where all the cultural events of significance happen. I got to see the artistic skill of fashion design and beauty […]

Far Eastern Federal University at Russky Island in Vladivostok

Far Eastern Federal University – Russky Island Campus Russky Island 10am-11pm A Must See: The Epitome of APEC 2012 If you do not get a chance you visit Far Eastern Federal University’s Russky Island Campus (FEFU), you are missing an essential aspect of the Vladivostok experience. The 2012 APEC Summit (if you take the […]

Tottori Sushi in Vladivostok

Tottori Sushi 35 Gogolya St. $9-$18 Largest portions of sushi Close location to VSUES I’m surprised that Tottori has not been written about before. Tottori is one of the closest “fancy” sit-down restaurants (not fast food places) to VSUES and it is great! There will be times where you will be faced with that tricky […]

Weak in Language Acquisition? Don’t Worry!

Salutations reader! My name is Ian (Yan in Russia) and I’m currently studying Russian as a Second Language and Far Eastern Studies at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service. I’m naturally weak in language acquisition and this experience of studying abroad in Russia is actually my first time out of the USA alone. So, […]

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