Vladivostok Fortress Museum

Scattered across Vladivostok’s coastal slopes in quite a few places one can see the metal and concrete remains of the old coastal batteries built to defend the city in years past. Most of the emplacements are just curios–disused relics that add a little extra spice to an already flavorful city. But near the old city center, […]

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Primorskiy Safari Park – Day Trip from Vladivostok

Primorskiy Safari Park Near Shkotovo (Outside Vladivostok0k) Admission: 600ru Safaripark25.ru This weekend, we got to make another excursion outside of Vladivostok. This time was not for hiking, however, but to see some of Primorsky Krai’s famed wildlife at the Safari Park. As part of a university sponsored trip, we took a chartered a bus from […]

Hiking Excursion to Falaza Mountain from Vladivostok

Falaza Mountain ~3 hours from Vladivostok Hiking and Nature Free Admission 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 […]

Minorities Abroad: Additional Resources

This site isn’t the only resource for minority students studying in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe! Below is a collection of interesting and useful sites from around the web, featuring videos, interviews, and much more. (Thanks to the many folks on ADSEEES and SEELANGS who have shared them!) If you’d like to suggest an additional […]

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 […]

The Kitchen in Vladivostok

Kitchen ул. Пограничная 12 Hours; Noon-Midnight (Sun.-Thurs.), Noon-2am (Fri & Sat.); Meals from 500 rubles ($10); 10% off menu prices Noon-5pm everyday Izbrasserie.ru Hailing from the fairly humble stylistic environs of my Kentucky hometown, acclimating to the fashion norms of the international port of Vladivostok has been anything but an overnight affair. The high life […]

Michel’s Bakery in Vladivostok

Michel’s Bakery/Пекарня Мишеля ул. Суханова 6а, Владивосток, Россия Hours: 9am-11pm everyday; Meals from $9 Michelbakery.ru Rumors of western culture crossing the border into Russia have a knack for creating quite a stir. This is especially true when their arrival is expected in the Far-Eastern, long-time closed city of Vladivostok. As the city’s primary external influences […]

An Excursion through the Abandoned Underground Tunnels of Vladivostok

Abandoned Underground Tunnels of Vladivostok 6pm Thursday and Fridays; Meet early at Gorky Theater (Театр имени Горького) Cost: Groups from 1 to 10 people pay a flat rate of 5000 rubles Groups of 10+ pay 500 rubles per person (note: due to current renovations groups are limited to 12 people) Vladdig.org Vladivostok is not unique […]

Korea House in Vladivostok

Korea House ул. Семёновская, д.76 Hours: Noon-Midnight everyday; Meals from 450 rubles ($7.50) koreahouse.su One of the greatest benefits of studying abroad is inarguably the direct insight into a foreign culture that, with but a little analysis, widens and enlivens our own outward perceptions of the world and its immeasurably varying inhabitants. However, this was […]

Dong Dae Mun Restaurant in Vladivostok

Dong Dae Mun ул. Адмирала Фокина 3а Hours: Noon-Midnight; Meals from $7 (400r)  It was my first International Women’s Day (Международный женский день) and my university “groupmates” (одногруппницы) and I decided to celebrate the holiday over dinner. However, our collective newness to the holiday betrayed us as we discovered that, having not reserved a table […]

Pizza M Café in Vladivostok

Pizza M Café/кофейня ул. Посьетская 20 Hours: 24 hour (круглосуточно); Meals from $8 (500r) PizzaM.ru For every individual, the rate of new culture digestion differs. Some dive in one nationality and come out another. Others are slower to adapt to the process of new-norm acquisition. We all have ways of easing the challenging experience of […]

Hanuri Restaurant in Vladivostok

Hanuri Restaurant / Ханури ресторан ул. Батерейная 3а Hours; 12-Midnight everyday; meals from 450 rur ($7) VL.ru/hanuri With two weeks of the spring semester already behind us, both second semester students and the newly arrived were united in a collective desire to get into the city and relax. Thus, we headed into the center of […]

Sable Bay Skating and Novik Restaurant in Vladivostok

Most certainly one of the best decisions I have made while living in Vladivostok was to move in with a local host family. The benefits I have received as a result are simply immeasurable and I cannot recommend enough for others to do the same. While this post recounts a late Sunday outing accomplished with […]

Moonshine Bar in Vladivostok

Moonshine Bar ул. Светланская 1, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Mon.-Thurs. Noon-2am, Fri.-Sun. Noon-4am; Entrees from 250 rubles, Beer from 200 rubles Moonshinebar.ru Of all of the local establishments in Vladivostok striving in one way or another to capture some aspect of American culture, no one seems to be doing so quite as successfully as Moonshine Bar. […]

The Theater of Opera and Ballet in Vladivostok

Theater of Opera and Ballet/Театр оперы и балета ул. Фастовская 14, стр. 12 Festival of the 15 Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich Hours and Ticket Prices: performance dependent Primopera.ru Apart from the Golden Bridge (Золотой мост) and Russian Bridge (Русский мост), the Theater of Opera and Ballet is without a doubt one of the more impressive […]

The House-Museum of Sukhanov in Vladivostok

The House-Museum of Sukhanov / Дом-музей Суханова ул. Суханова, 9 Hours: 10am-7:30pm Tuesday-Sunday; Cost: 100 ruble tour; 100 ruble master-class  Like any good traveler, after booking my flight to Vladivostok, I set off to the library to do a little bit of research on the city in which I was about to spend the next […]

Munich Pub in Vladivostok

Munich Pub / Мюнхен ул. Светланская, 3, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Noon-2am; meals from 420 rubles, business lunch (30% off menu price) Noon-4pm Munichpub.com I had been making my rounds of the international fare as of late, from Georgian lavash (грузинский лаваш) and Japanese udon (японский удон) to Korean sea mustard (корейский миёк гук) and Peruvian tacos […]

Lapshin-San in Vladivostok

Lapshin-San/Лапшин-Сан Ул. Адмирала Фокина, 23 б Hours: 10am-Midnight everyday Meals from 375 rubles It is said that all good things must come to end. Accordingly, I was beginning to wonder when my streak of rather successful dining endeavors would meet such a fate. Although Russia has a reputation for not exactly being vegetarian-friendly, I had […]

Ganga in Vladivostok

Ganga/Ганга Океанский проспект, 69 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm; Meals from 350 rubles Gangacafe.ru  Living in Russia, I am frequently asked to explain the reason for my vegetarianism. Despite its almost daily nature, every time the question is put before me, my head practically starts spinning as my heartbeat quickens and the diatribes lying dormant […]

Kim Gan San Restaurant in Vladivostok

Kim Gan San Restaurant/Кым ган сан ресторан ул. Крылова 10 Hours: Noon-Midnight everyday; meals from $10  In the handful of weeks separating my decision to spend some time abroad after graduation and my eventually selecting Vladivostok as my destination, I did my fair share of “pro and con” weighing. One of the aspects that I […]

Chan-Li in Vladivostok

Chan-Li/Чан-Ли Океанский проспект 10Б Hours: 10am-10pm everyday; Meals from 500 rubles 11am-4am buffet for 150 rubles Chan-li.ru My roommate burst into our ever-cozier two bed bungalow more excited than I’ve likely ever seen him. After a handful of entreaties to slow down the Russian he was mercilessly hurling at me, I was able to piece […]

Café Lima in Vladivostok

Café Lima / Кафе Лима Океанский проспект 11 Hours: Noon-10pm everyday; Meals from $6 LimaCafe.ru Vladivostok (Владивосток) lives up to its name which comes from the Russian root, vlad (влад, as in владеть: to control/command) and vostok (восток), meaning “east.” The name tells the story of the city’s political importance, as well as its victual […]

Friendship Bar in Vladivostok

Friendship Bar / Дружба бар ул. Пограничная, 6, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Sun-Thurs. Noon-3am, Fri & Sat. Noon-7am; Meals for under 360 rubles Fear not hipsters! Your culture lives and breaths even thousands of miles from home in Friendship Bar (Дружба бар) in downtown Vladivostok. The bright red exterior signaling your arrival rests on the corner of on […]

The Closing of Biker Season in Vladivostok

The Closing of Biker Season / Закрытие байкерского сезона ул. Дальзаводская Cost: Free Get married. Burn some rubber. Rock out. Or just plain look like someone not to mess with. All things to do and/or observe at the annual Close of Biker Season (Закрытие байкерского сезона) gathering in Vladivostok.This year’s ceremony took place on the […]

Latsio Café-Pizzeria in Vladivostok

Latsio Café-Pizzeria / Лацио кафе-пиццерия 37 Светланская ул. Hours: 10am-Midnight everyday; Meals from 350 rubles Laziovl.ru It’s not easy for an eatery to stand out on the central, bustling stretch of Svetlanskaya Street (Светланская ул.) in downtown Vladivostok (Владивосток). This is especially true when that establishment is located in a basement. Had I not briefly […]

A Student’s Grocer’s Guide: Vladivostok

Along with all of the positives that are part and parcel of moving to a new city – experiencing a new culture, learning a new language, making new acquaintances – there are of course difficulties. Hopefully, this short guide will work to ameliorate at least one of the challenges of settling into a lifestyle; namely, […]

An Evening at the Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic in Vladivostok

Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic / Приморская краевая филармония Светланская ул. 13 10:00-14:00, 15:00-20:00; Primfil.ru The unofficial theme for the Concert of Traditional Korean Music and Dances (Концерт традиционной корейской музыки и танцев) seemed to be one of “why not?” And the question was a good one. After all, it would be difficult to find a valid […]

Tokarevski Lighthouse in Vladivostok

Tokarevski Lighthouse/Токаревский марк Мыс Токаревского Cost: $5-10 (includes roundtrip transportation and food; destination itself is free) “All I know about Russia is that it’s very cold.” This frequently encountered profession of ignorance, will wear anyone out after a while. I was hardly surprised, then, to note the reaction of my Russian fellow-passenger in response to […]

Black Bread: Professional Network of Black Russian Speakers

Black Bread is a professional network of Black Russian-speakers. Black Bread members are based primarily in New York City & Washington, DC, but many reside throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. They represent a wide range of career fields – academia, non-profit & private sectors, government, the arts, intelligence, and more – yet are […]

16 Ways Studying Abroad is Just Like Harry Potter

Did you ever stop to think about the fact that, technically, Harry Potter was also studying abroad? Here are 16 ways that Harry’s adventures are likely to be just like yours.   1. When you first decide you’re going abroad, you’re in a state of shock- you can hardly believe it’s real! 2. Getting on […]

The Waves of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an ocean of experience, of feeling, of emotion. Vast, sometimes turbulent, other times calm. Now, I’m expecting that rush of questions about experience, culture differences, and life when I return home. I’ve been thinking about how I will explain what I did and how I felt. And I realized that, for me, […]

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