Author: Katya Grigerman

A Trip to Ulan-Ude from Irkutsk

As part of our SRAS program in Irkutsk, our group took a trip to Ulan Ude, a city about an eight hour train ride east, on the other side of Lake Baikal. Ulan Ude is the center of Buryatia, a republic within Russia that is the homeland of the Buryat people. The Buryats are native […]

Irkutsk’s Green Line Self-Guided Walking Tour

The “green line” is a self-guided tour of Irkutsk, which goes around the center of the city with several stops along it. The path is about 5k long, and can take anywhere from 2-3 hours, or even a whole day if you were to stop at even half the museums it passes. I found this […]

Poznaya 38 in Irkutsk: Traditional Local Fast Food

Poznaya 38 is a chain of restaurants across Irkutsk that has a variety of Russian, Central Asian, and Buryat foods. It is very inexpensive, very fast, and the best part, very tasty! Meals here run 300-500 rubles ($4-8). There are several locations all around the city, and there are two within a 5 minute walk […]

Taltsy Museum and Listvyanka: A Day Trip from Irkutsk

A few days after arriving in Irkutsk, SRAS took us on a day trip that went first to the Taltsy Architecture and Ethnography Museum, and then to Listvyanka, a small town on Lake Baikal. Located about an hour drive away from the city towards the lake, Taltsy is an open-air museum that features different types […]

Olkhon Weekend Trip from Irkutsk

One weekend, my two friends and I decided to take a weekend trip to Olkhon. The planning for the trip was overall very simple! The best way to the island is to take a marshrutka (a small bus). The trip will take about six hours and cost 600-1000 rubles ($9-15) each way. If you have […]

Staying Kosher in Irkutsk

Having grown up Jewish, I stopped eating pork when I was around 5, and have not eaten it since then. Coming to Irkutsk, I was very curious to see if not eating pork would be a challenge, or if it would be simple to avoid. Spending six weeks in Siberia, I have realized that a […]

A Manicure in Irkutsk

Back in the States, I’ve gotten enough manicures to know the difference between a good one and a bad one. Or at least that’s what I had thought until I came to Russia. A few days into being in Irkutsk I realized I needed to get one, and decided to call around to a few […]

Dacha, Banya, and Buryat Cooking Party: SRAS Excursion in Irkutsk

On a bright and sunny Thursday afternoon, SRAS took our group and headed about 30 minutes north of the city to a dacha owned by a friend of the academic coordinator of our program. A dacha is place located away from the city that generally has a small home, a plot of land, and sometimes […]

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