Author: Kristin Torres

Returning Home after Five Months in St. Petersburg

As part of its September issue, the Russian edition of Esquire magazine turned its focus from celebrities to “ordinary people,” including Vasily Ilyn, a retired farmer from a village in rural Russia. The issue includes an interview with him and a handful of other “ordinary” Russians for Esquire’s ПРАВИЛА ЖИЗНИ series, or “Rules of Life.” […]

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 […]

The Hermitage Museum Staff Cafeteria

If you’re a student of Art and Museums in Russia, you probably already know the incredible opportunities it offers. Unprecedented access to one of the largest and most famed museums the world over is one of them. Getting up close with some of the more than three million works within its walls, including original works […]

Culture Shock: Living with other international students

Most of us probably knew we were in for inevitable culture shock when we arrived in Russia, no matter how much we had convinced ourselves we were prepared. Sometimes it comes on quick, but other times culture shock reveals itself incredibly slowly. It took longer for this to sink in, but one of the ways […]

Veganika Market in St. Petersburg

Veganika Market 7 Moskovsky Prospekt (Metro Sennaya Ploshad) Open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Russian cuisine is perhaps best known for its pierogi, pelmeni, soups – and the sour cream that tops them all.  The soups are often beef-stock based, and even veggie-stuffed pierogi are usually made with generous helpings of butter […]

Couch Surfing to New Friends in St. Petersburg

We try to anticipate everything before we head abroad – Where will I live? What kind of clothes do I need to bring? Where will I go if I get sick? What kind of transportation will be available in the city? But there’s also a more obvious question that we may forget about until we […]

Biblioteka Restaurant Project in St. Petersburg

Biblioteka 20 Nevsky Prospekt (Metro Nevsky Prospekt) Open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Meals from 230 rubles The future of St. Petersburg is looking pretty ambitious. Just look at “projects” like Etagi, Stirka, and Novaya Gollandia, where a lot of things are happening under one roof (or in Novaya Gollandia’s case, on one open […]

SPB bar in St. Petersburg

SPB / СПВ 42 Seventh Line (Metro Vasileostrovskaya) Sun. – Thurs. 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Fri. and Sat. 12 p.m. – 5 a.m. Meals from 109 rubles If you’re with a group of people who can’t decide on a place to eat, SPB may be a pretty viable option. This is for two reasons. […]

Coffee House in St. Petersburg

Coffee House / Кофе Хауз 34 7th Line (Metro Vasileostrovskaya) and multiple locations Open 24 hours daily Meals from 220 rubles One of the most prominent coffee shop chains in Russia is Coffee House, with more than 50 locations across St. Petersburg alone. Seemingly as ubiquitous as Starbucks in the States, it won’t take […]

Shopping and Miscommunication in St. Petersburg

My first two days in Russia were spent rationing the granola bars, dried fruit, and airplane pretzel packets I had brought with me in my carry-on bag. This was despite the fact that I have not one, but two markets within a five-minute walk from my dorm. One is even open 24 hours. What accounted […]

The Tolstiy Friar in St. Petersburg

Толстый Фраер / Tolstiy Friar 3 Dymskaya (Metro Gostiniy Dvor) Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 a.m. Meals from 120 rubles Tolstiy Friar (The Fat Friar) is a chain of Petersburg pubs. With seven different locations and a very extensive menu, Tolstiy Friar is a […]

Ideas of What’s Rude and Polite in Russia

If you’re like me, you tried to prepare for life in a foreign country by researching important ways the new culture differs from your home culture. While research can shed light on some of the more obvious differences, many nuances are skipped over, and can only be considered when in a real-life situation. Each culture […]

Stolle in St. Petersburg

 Stolle / Штолле 11 Nevsky Prospekt (Metro Admiralteyskaya) Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Meals from 160 rubles There is no shortage of places to find pierogi in St. Petersburg. Pierogi and piroshki can be found in grocery stores, at food trucks, being sold by babushkas near the metro station, and at bakeries. […]

Mexican Food in St. Petersburg

Tequila Boom 57 Voznesenski Ave. (on the corner of Voznesenski and the Fontanka) Other locations: 11 Komendantski Prospect and 42 Prosvesheniya Prospect Meals from 250 rubles When you put a Californian, a Texan, and a New Mexican in St. Petersburg, Russia, it’s really only a matter of time before the hunger pangs kick in for the […]

Pyshki: Donuts in St. Petersburg

Пышки/Pyshki 25 Bolshaya Konushenaya, (Metro Nevsky Prospekt) Open 9 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily Snacks from 12 rubles You probably know the place is good when you post a picture of your food to Facebook and your professor back in the States knows exactly where you got it because she ate the same thing at […]

Shoko Mokko Café in St. Petersburg

Кафеинниа <<Шоко Мокко>> / Shokko Mokko Café Open 24 hours, daily 6 Ploshad Tryda and citywide Internet and coffee – even during study abroad, many students find themselves in a constant search for this all-important pair. Luckily, for Petersburg students, 24-hour coffee shops dot the city and are never too far away. Nearest the international […]

Marketplace in St. Petersburg

Marketplace Невский пр., 24, м. Гостиный Двор 9:00 – 23:00 daily Meals from 120 р, $4 Marketplace is a great place to go for someone easing into the St. Petersburg experience. Just off the plane, hungry, and still a bit intimidated to place an order at a Russian restaurant? This small chain takes some of […]

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