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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15 Signs You Studied Abroad in Russia

Everyone knows the signs of a post-study abroad collegiate: constantly comparing everything to your study abroad city, using every conversation as an excuse to talk about your lifechanging experience, compulsively scanning the web for cheap plane tickets hoping that someday you’ll have enough money to relive the glory days that were study abroad. If you […]

Sportivnaya Market in Vladivostok

Спортивная // Sportivnaya Market ул. Спортивная // Sportivnaya Street 9:00am-6:00pm (Depends on season) Negotiable and Cheap Prices for Everything I had the opportunity to check out the massive Sportivnaya Market with fellow Russian-American student Michael “Stanislav” Wright. We had originally gone earlier in the semester, but unfortunately we found out that it was closed for […]

The Expats of Vladivostok

The Expats of Vladivostok Republic Bar First Tuesday of every Month (or whenever Barry says) 7:00PM-11:00PM I always thought an expatriate was an American citizen living abroad. It made sense in my head, an expatriate simply being a former patriot. It wasn’t until I came to Russia that I learned that expatriate is just a […]

7 Ways Study Abroad is a Second Childhood

After settling in with a host family in Ukraine, I’ve looked back on my notes from my first couple of weeks abroad and come to a realization – in a lot of ways, Abroad-Olivia is a child, just a little bit bigger. I’ve compiled these notes to make a list of seven reasons why living […]

6 Biggest Culture Shocks in Russia

Moving to a different country is hard. You will probably experience culture shock and will definitely have your ups and downs. Here’s a list of challenges you can expect to run into while you adjust to Russia. 1. Language This is a no-brainer, but I couldn’t leave it off the list! I strongly advise learning […]

Coffetory in Vladivostok

Кофетория Кафе // Coffetory Cafe ул. Светланская 61 // 61 Svetlanskaya Street 10am-1am Fanciest, decently priced cafe in Vladivostok Coffetory Cafe is the swankiest place I have been to here in Vladivostok. It is also the place of choice for many of my Russian friends to meet for lunch or dinner. It is the […]

Shoko Cafe in Vladivostok

Шоколадница Кофейня // Shokoladnitsa Cafe ул. Светланская 13 // 13 Svetlanskaya Street 9:00am-12:00am Tasty, chocolatey treats Shokoladnitsa Cafe (or just simply Shoko) is a chain of cafes around Russia that are known to serve a variety of sweets and desserts. This is the Vladivostok review. There are two locations of Shoko (as it is […]

Burritos Mexican Grill in Vladivostok

Burritos Mexican Grill Фонтанная ул. 44 и Пограничная ул. 12 // 44 Fontanaya and 12 Pogranichanaya Street 10:00am-10:00pm The Only Mexican-Russian Food in Vladivostok The closer Burritos Mexican Grill to VSUES is tucked away off of Fontanaya Street. It’s a brisk 15 minute walk from campus or a three-stop bus ride. You can take […]

Vladivostok City Dance Competition in Vladivostok

Vladivostok City Dance Competition Stealth Nightclub, 83 Svetlanskaya Street April 4th, 2014 300 rubles By far the most interesting social excursion I have been to here in Vladivostok, attending the Vladivostok City Dance Competition will be something I will not forget. Fellow American student, Kylea Brown, invited me to help cheer on one of her […]

Friends Cafe in Vladivostok

Friends Cafe Семеновская ул., 25a // 25a Semenovskaya Street 8:30am-9:00pm Small, cute cafe with tasty treats   Friends Cafe is a quaint, sit-down, little arts cafe hidden off Semenovskaya Street on the way from the university down to the center. If you take the #38 bus going into the center, you can get off at […]

Pygmalion Fashion Show in Vladivostok

Пигмалион // Pygmalion Fashion Show The Underground Theater at VSUES April 25th, 2014 200 rubles I finally made it to the Underground Theater! The Underground is the theater at the bottom of VSUES and is where all the cultural events of significance happen. I got to see the artistic skill of fashion design and beauty […]

Anti-cafe in Vladivostok

Антикафе “Отдел Культуры” // Department of Culture Anti-Cafe Светланская ул., д.5 // 5 Svetlanskaya Street Monday 6:00pm-12:00am Tuesday 12:00pm-4:00am Wednesday 12:00pm-12:00am Thursday 12:00pm-12:00am Friday 12:00pm-4:00am Saturday 10:00am-4:00am Sunday 10:00am-12:00am Coolest Hangout Spot in Vladivostok One of the coolest places to hangout in Vladivostok happens to be part of the anti-cafe movement. The “Department of […]

Far Eastern Federal University at Russky Island in Vladivostok

Far Eastern Federal University – Russky Island Campus Russky Island 10am-11pm A Must See: The Epitome of APEC 2012 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 […]

Tottori Sushi in Vladivostok

Tottori Sushi 35 Gogolya St. $9-$18 Largest portions of sushi Close location to VSUES I’m surprised that Tottori has not been written about before. Tottori is one of the closest “fancy” sit-down restaurants (not fast food places) to VSUES and it is great! There will be times where you will be faced with that tricky […]

Five O’Clock in Vladivostok

Five O’Clock Admirala Fokina Street, 6 11 am – 11 pm Daily $3-6 for Good Coffee  / English-Speaker Solidarity Looking for a place in Vladivostok that resembles England? A place that you can hold pleasant conversation with a variety of great British rock in the background? I found the place for you! The Five […]

An Evening of Classical Music at FEFU in Vladivostok

FEFU Chamber Assembly Concert / ДВФУ Камерные Ассамблеи Ul. Perta Velikogo 3/ Ул. Перта Великого 3 March 15, 2014 Free and open to the public After President Putin’s shocking decision to hold the 2012 APEC in Vladivostok in 2006, the Moscow government finally took developing the Russian Far East seriously. Well, that time has come and […]

Wasabi Japanese Kitchen in Vladivostok

Wasabi Japanese Kitchen & Cafe Семеновская ул., 30 / Semenovskaya St, 30 Hours of Operation: 10-23 Price: $5-$15 Free Wifi Going to Wasabi was my first big adventure! While I’m fairly weak in Russian speaking, I realized the best thing I could do is learn by trial and error, so I pumped my confidence up, […]

Adventures in Red-tape Land: Applying for Temporary Residency in Russia

A week ago I made the best decision of my life and married a guy whose zest for life, enduring optimism, and open-mindedness completely won me over during the course of our courtship . Said guy also happen to be Russian, which as anyone involved in an international relationship know, complicates things from a legal […]

Weak in Language Acquisition? Don’t Worry!

Salutations reader! My name is Ian (Yan in Russia) and I’m currently studying Russian as a Second Language and Far Eastern Studies at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service. I’m naturally weak in language acquisition and this experience of studying abroad in Russia is actually my first time out of the USA alone. So, […]

12 Russian Brands You Should Buy

Greetings dear readers! As this is an opinion piece, you should first know who I am: an American who finds marketing and pop culture fascinating and who has lived in Russia for more than 10 years. What follows is a list of a few local Russian brands that I’ve personally come to prefer over western […]

Pacific Style Week Fashion Show in Vladivostok

Pacific Style Week Fashion Show/ Дефиле Недели Моды во Владивостоке Спортивный комплекс Чемпион-1: П-кт. Партизанский, д. 44 April 15, 2013 Free and open to the public Living there from day to day, it is often difficult to picture that the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service is a happening place with lots going on […]

Cafe Bogema in Vladivostok

Cafe Bogema/Кафе Богема Ул. Крылова, д. 10, здание Ливонии 11 am – 12 am Daily Meals from $4 For the last month of the Cheap Eats challenge, I decided to stick with a theme that I explored in my last entries: stopping into those nearby nooks and crannies that you always see, but never really […]

Jazz Evening at Michelle in Vladivostok

Jazz Evening at Michelle/Джазовый Вечер в Мишеле Ул. Уборевича, д. 5а, 8 этаж Fridays, 8 pm – 11 pm (approximately) Open to restaurant patrons only I think most would agree that some of the best moments in life are when one’s normally separate interests come together to form a new and interesting fusion activity that […]

Bite Burger in Vladivostok

Bite Burger Пр-кт Красного Знамени, д. 59 9 am – 11 pm Daily Meals from $4.50 Vladivostok has been going through a bit of an “April showers” period. As I dislike this type of weather immensely, it has necessitated that I stay close to home (i.e., within about a ½ mile radius), and, in doing […]

AutoVladCar Exhibition in Vladivostok

AutoVladCar Exhibition/Выставка AutoVladCar Спортивный комплекс Чемпион-1: П-кт. Партизанский, д. 44 April 10-12, 2013 Free and open to the public Being from Chicago, one event that I especially miss when I’m abroad is the annual Auto Show. It’s a huge deal back home, and is truly an interesting and exciting time, as you roam among the […]

Khan Guk Kvan in Vladivostok

 Khan Guk Kvan/Хангуккван Пр-т. Красного Знамени, д. 45 12 pm – 12 am Daily Meals from $8.50 My first April entry is dedicated to that wise old adage: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And indeed this is a phrase that one should always keep in the back of one’s mind when traveling in […]

Rap Battle for New Talent in Vladivostok

Rap Battle for New Talent/Rap Battle Новые Таланты Бар-клуб Егерь – ул. Светланская, д. 18 March 16, 2013 – 5 pm Entrance: 200 rub One of the very cool things about living in a foreign city for an extended period of time is that you begin to actually become absorbed in the spheres of life […]

Milk & Honey in Vladivostok

Milk & Honey/Молоко & Мед Ул. Суханова, д. 6а Sun-Thurs: 11 am – 1 am, Fri-Sat: 11 am – 3am Meals from $8.50 In almost any Russian city you will see a continental European-style cafe on almost every corner. Vladivostok is certainly no exception to this rule, as these chic hangouts are the “in” places […]

Ukh, Ty Blin! in Vladivostok

Ukh, Ty Blin!/Ух, Ты Блин! Ул. Адмирал Фокина, д. 9 10 am – 9 pm Daily Meals from $4 Having just come out of the Масленица (Maslenitsa) season, I was going through блины (bliny) withdrawal pretty badly. As usual, however, I was too lazy to put hand to stovetop on my own, so I, along […]

Kaval Rap Concert in Vladivostok

Kaval Rap Concert/Кавал Рэп Концерт Ул. Суханова, д. 3 (BSB Club) 3 Feb, 9 pm ~ 12 am Entrance: 200 rubles For all those thirsty for another taste, there is more news from the rap underground in Vladivostok. On February 3, local rap artist Kaval put on his first headlining show at the BSB Club. […]

Puppet Theater in Vladivostok

Puppet Theater Production Garnir po-frantsuzki/Гарнир по-французки Ул. Петра Великого, д. 8 (Театр Кукол) Select dates in February with a possible extended March run Tickets: 200 rubles Russian drama is one of the worlds most respected. Greats like Ostrovskii and Chekhov changed the way that theatre itself was defined, and revolutionized the dramatic storyline and its […]

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