Exploring Russian Traditions in Vladivostok

The international department at VGUES has, throughout the semester, taken us on various excursions around Vladivostok. This week, we ventured back into time to explore some of the old Russian traditions. At a rather nondescript apartment building near the city center, a kind babushka beckoned for our group to come inside. We were then ushered […]

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Couch Surfing Community in Vladivostok

Couch Surfing Networking Events Various Locations, Costs While the university is a great place to meet people, and I have no doubt that I’ll continue to make new friends here, it does have the sense of an isolated community. Universities tend to be their own small worlds, able to let students function independently from the […]

The Art of Daily Practice and Conversations

It’s a little bit surprising to look at the calendar and think that half of my first semester in Vladivostok is already gone. Seven weeks seem to have effortlessly drifted by in strict contention with my own efforts at learning the Russian language. I can say that my knowledge of Russian when I arrived in […]

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, […]

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 […]

Tiger Day 2015 in Vladivostok

The fourth Sunday of every September in Vladivostok is set aside for a local holiday called “День Тигра” (“Tiger Day”). The event celebrates the Amur (also called Siberian) Tigers, whose natural habitat is the Primorsky Krai Region of the Russian Far East. Vladivostok’s coat of arms prominently features the Amur Tiger, and there are quite […]

Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok

Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok Volodarskovo 22 Vladmission.org For the past couple of weeks since I have been in Vladivostok, I have had the opportunity to attend mass at the Mary Mother of God Catholic Mission church. It is located conveniently close to VSUES. I only have to walk about 15 minutes […]

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 […]

Old-World Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vladivostok

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Евангелическо-лютеранская церковь Св. Павла) ул. Пушкинская 14 Service every Sunday at 11; Concert times vary; Tickets usually range from 300-500 rubles ($5-8) Tel. 295-47-47  Some of the more impressive structures that remain standing amongst the constant change brought along by modern man come in the form of churches. Beliefs aside, […]

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 […]

New Year in Vladivostok

Without having given it much thought up until the end of the semester, as decorations began to go up around town and talk of the holidays began, I realized that this would be my first winter holiday season away from home. More than taken by the thought of what would be absent, I was eager […]

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 […]

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