Author: Jacqueline Dufalla

The Trouble with English

Before heading to St. Petersburg, SRAS coordinator, April Djakoniya, asked each of us to write down any volunteer opportunities we wanted to pursue. When studying Russian in America, one of the most helpful resources for me was native speaker volunteers, who were willing to sit through my poor Russian speaking and still always be very […]

Soviet Cafe, “Kvartirka” in St. Petersburg

Kvartirka/Квартирка Nevsky Prospekt 51 Metro Маяковская Naturally, there are still signs of the Soviet Union in St. Petersburg, or as the city was called about 20 years ago, Leningrad. However, it is still difficult to find places that are really, shockingly Soviet. One of these places is the preserved Soviet-style restaurant, Kvartirka, (which means “Little […]

A Night at the Opera

Mariinsky Theater/Мариинский театр Театральная площадь, д. 1 Metro Садовая The Mariinsky Theater has gotten a lot of press lately with the controversial opening of the new Mariinsky stage. Many residents of St. Petersburg have complained that the new Mariinsky stage is hideous and does not fit with the style of the city. Some have […]

Home Sweet Homestay

For most students looking to study abroad, one of the biggest questions they face is whether to pay the extra money for a homestay, or just live in the dorms, which for SRAS programs, are covered in your base cost. I have been lucky enough to study in Moscow and live at the dorms, and study in St. […]

A Walk through a few Parks in St. Petersburg

Mikhailovsky Park, Field of Mars, and the Summer Garden/ Михайловский cад, Марсово поле и Летний cад Центральный район/Central Region of the City Metro: Невский Проспект On beautiful, sunny days in St. Petersburg, many Russians head to the beautiful shaded areas of the city, such as three popular parks and gardens that make up a trifecta just […]

Kirov Museum in St. Petersburg

Sergei Kirov Museum/ Музей С. М. Кирова 28 Каменноостровский проспект, Metro Горьковская or Петроградская Open: 11am to 6pm every day; until 5:30pm on Tuesdays Although it has been more than 20 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, there are still traces of its legacy throughout St. Petersburg, whether it is an old emblem […]

Mayakovskaya Library in St. Petersburg

The Central City Public Library named after V. V. Mayakovsky / Центральная городская публичная библиотека им. В. В. Маяковского Реки Фонтанка 46, Metro Маяковская Open: Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm  Literature and culture have a very strong bond in Russia, and as any student of Russian can attest to, reading Russian literature is a key component to understanding […]

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