Author: Julia Diamond

Laundry at Moscow State University

Laundry at Moscow State University Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 22:00 Cost: 100 rubles/wash or dry, 250 rubles for drop-off service (1 load washed and dried) When you first enter your room at Moscow State University, you may notice that there is no refrigerator. After about a week […]

MSU Go! iPhone App

MSU Go! Free Apple Application On November 14, 2014, Apple released a new application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad called “MSU Go!” The app is available in the App Store and on iTunes. The app also has a page on VKontakte (ВКонтакте), the Russian version of Facebook. Dmitry Kuzhanov, a former MSU student and […]

Finding an Apartment in Moscow

At the end of my term as a participant in the SRAS NGO and Cultural Internship program in Moscow, I have decided to continue my stay in Moscow independently. As just one part of my plans to facilitate this, I have found an apartment in Moscow in this monstrous city for the duration of the […]

Moscow State University Library

Lomonosov Moscow State University Research Library / Научная библиотека Московского Государственного университета имени М.В. Ломоносова Ломоносовский проспект 27 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm, Closed Sunday Cost: 50 rubles for library card Perhaps one of the most important things to know when studying at a university is where its library is and how to utilize it. […]

A Night Out in Moscow: the Logistics (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone Club Болотная набережная., 3 строение 1 Hours of Operation: 21:00-7:00 Cost: Free entrance, 200+ rubles per drink There are many nighttime destinations that foreigners have on their list of places to visit in Moscow, and the Rolling Stone nightclub and bar is one of them. Rolling Stone was opened in 2009, and was the […]

House on the Embankment Museum in Moscow

House on the Embankment Museum / Mузей дом на набережной ул. Серафимовича д.2 Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00-18:30, Thursday from 11:00-21:00, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-18:00; closed every last Friday of the month for cleaning As part of my Russian language course at Moscow State University, my professor took us to the […]

Suzdal / Суздаль

Trip to Suzdal Weekend Trip from Moscow Best as part of a trip to Vladimir On a mid-October weekend trip, my MSU dormitory roommate, Ellie and I visited the famous Golden Ring (Золотое кольцо) city of Suzdal. Suzdal is located on the edge of the Kamenka River (река Каменка) in the Vladimir Region (Владимирская область) […]

Vladimir / Владимир

Trip to Vladimir Weekend Trip from Moscow Cost: ~6,000 rubles Several weeks ago my English roommate, Eleanor (Ellie) and I traveled together from Moscow to Vladimir. We bought tickets for and boarded a Moscow-Vladimir express train at Kursky Station (Курский вокзал) on a Friday afternoon and left on a weekend adventure. We planned to stay […]

The Kremlin Ballet

Kremlin Ballet State Kremlin Palace ул. Воздвиженка, д. 1 (Box Office) Box Office Hours: Every day from 12:00 to 20:00 Performance Times: 14:00 and 19:00 depending on the day Cost: 500-800 rubles per ticket, minimum In late September, as one of the SRAS Cultural Excursions, our group went to see the ballet “Snow Maiden” (“Снегурочка”) […]

Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius

Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius / Свято-Троицкая Сергиева Лавра In Sergiev Posad – Day Trip from Moscow Hours of Operation: 5:00-21:00; tours run daily from 9:00-18:00 during the summer, and from 9:00-17:00 during the winter (November 11-April 30) Cost: Free except for Vestry (Разница); one can purchase various guided tours On October 5, after visiting […]

Abramtsevo Artists’ Museum-Reserve

Abramtsevo Artists’ Museum-Reserve Day Trip from Moscow с. Абрамцево, ул. Музейная, д. 1 Hours of Operation: 10:00-17:30 (Summer Schedule), 10:00-15:30 (Winter Schedule), Wednesday-Sunday except the last Thursday of every month Cost: Full Price (adults, all exhibits) 1,295 rubles; Special Price (students and pensioners, all exhibits) 800 rubles; Free for other designated groups; Photos and videos in […]

International Relations Internship in Moscow: PIR Center, Part II: The Youth of PIR Center

As told in Part I of this entry, I intern at the PIR Center for International Studies Autonomous Non-for-Profit Organization (Автономная некоммерческая организации «Научный центр международных исследований «ПИР»). One very interesting portion of the organization’s staff is its interns. PIR Center typically houses interns for a few months at a time. Most of the interns […]

International Relations Internship in Moscow: PIR Center, Part I

I am currently serving an internship in Moscow at the PIR Center for International Studies Autonomous Non-for-Profit Organization (Автономная некоммерческая организации «Научный центр международных исследований «ПИР»). This independent non-governmental organization was founded in 1994 and serves as a major research engine and source of publications on nuclear nonproliferation, conventional arms control, foreign policy and international […]

Vegan in Moscow: Anna Westby’s Story

While there are far fewer vegans and vegetarians in Russia than there are in the US, and while being a vegan in Moscow is still a bit of an oddity, vegetarianism and veganism in Russia is on the rise. Resultantly, the number of eating establishments that cater to vegans and vegetarians are also on the […]

Arrival at the Moscow State University Dorm

The Moscow State University dorm system has many buildings, but SRAS students usually live in the ones attached to the MSU main building, located between the University (Университет) metro station and the picturesque and historic Vorobyovy Gory (Воробьёвы горы), or Sparrow Hills.  The main building and connected dorms were constructed after World War II under […]

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