Russian for Travelers: Transport and Hospitality

Russia’s two major capitals are largely tourist friendly. Much of the metro systems and city navigation are available in English. Many restaurants have English-langauge menus and even waitstaff that speak a little English. However, not everywhere will English get you by in a Russian-speaking country. This bilingual resource hopes to build students’ vocabulary skills and […]

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Travel to Irkutsk: Seeing Siberia While Abroad

Siberia holds a particular place in the western imagination. Most envision it has a mysterious, permanently snowy land of exile and prisons. In reality, Siberia is remarkably diverse place – both ecologically and culturally. It’s vast expanse covers tundra, marshes, forests and prairies. It hosts large cities, but also wide areas of undeveloped lands.  It […]

Vladivostok Travel Excursions from SRAS

Vladivostok is ringed with locations of historical importance. Below are a sampling of some of the trips that SRAS groups have taken in the past as part the cultural package offered with SRAS Programs in Vladivostok. Note that not all trips are taken each session and trips themselves may differ from session to session. Three […]

Make the Most of a Layover in Moscow Heading to Irkutsk

Layovers in major cities are very common in international travel and are often regarded as a headache to be kept to an hour or two – just enough to make sure you make the connecting flight. However, layovers can be a convenient opportunity for extra travel – planning extended layovers can allow you to see […]

A Trip to Khabarovsk from Vladivostok

Russia celebrates March 8th, along with many other countries around the world, as International Women’s Day. The holiday is a big deal here. This is evident from all the obscure 24-hour flower shops flinging their doors open wide and preparing for the inevitable inrush of men buying bouquets for the important women in their life. […]

Hiking Excursion to Falaza Mountain from Vladivostok

Fall has arrived in Vladivostok. The temperatures have begun to dip well into chilly territory, and the leaves are turning their bright hues. But inside the city doesn’t offer too much in the way of seeing fall beauty, so I had to get out over the weekend to experience some natural beauty. Shortly after I […]

Vladivostok: A Guide to Hiking and Beaches

If there is one thing I will regret about having spent an academic year in Vladivostok, it will be not spending an entire calendar year here. The winter truly does have a beauty unto its own as the ocean freezes and unfolds a new landscape unto the pedestrian explorer. On the other hand, being the […]

Local Travel – Getting out of Vladivostok

One of my favorite sensations as a traveler is finding myself in an unknown area with a wide-open schedule. Those with a sense of wanderlust can find plenty of opportunities to feed it while in Vladivostok. I have recently been making the effort to get out of the city center and see what the smaller […]

Far Eastern Federal University at Russky Island in Vladivostok

If you do not get a chance you visit Far Eastern Federal University’s Russky Island Campus (FEFU), you are missing an essential aspect of the Vladivostok experience. The 2012 APEC Summit (if you take the Russian Far East, you will be a scholar of the 2012 APEC by the time you leave), saw a major […]