Author: Michael Smeltzer

Translating Mandelstam in Vladivostok

Translating Mandelstam Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service One of the things that I enjoy about the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service is how the Russian language department there is always trying to involve the international students in cultural events.  Whether it’s a weekend trip to an archeological dig site, or a […]

KVN Primorsky League Final in Vladivostok

Приморский КВН Финал / Primorsky KVN Final Fesco Hall, Vladivostok  Verkhneportovaya Street, 38 Cost: 200 per ticket I was lucky enough to get invited to this cultural event by my Russian friend, Lena, who had acquired some tickets through work. Like most Americans, I assume, I had never heard of КВН and all I knew […]

International Jazz Festival in Vladivostok

VIII Международный джазовый фестиваль / VIII International Jazz Festival  Приморская Краевая Филармония / Primorskyi Krai Philharmonic Светланская ул., 15 / Svetlanskaya Street, 15    Tickets: 300 – 3000 Rubles As a former trombone player who has dabbled in a little jazz over the years, I was excited to hear that Vladivostok holds a yearly International […]

Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov’s Speech in Vladivostok

Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov Visits VGUES While I wasn’t able to sit down with my family for a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal, I was treated to a certain Thanksgiving day surprise.  About a week before Thanksgiving, we Americans studying at VGUES were informed that Igor Shuvalov, a Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, was […]

Paleo Village in Vladivostok

Paleo Village  Near Nakhodka Village, 3 hours from Vladivostok Open from 10am to 6pm, Closed Mondays Entrance: 1000-1500 Rubles (not including transportation) Have you ever been curious about who lived in Russia’s Far East before the Russians? Well, the Paleo Village is just the place to learn about the ancient inhabitants of the Asia’s far […]