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Easter in Russia
06.04.2018 17:36
stpetersburg, moscow, history, culture, onthisday
305
Easter in Russia

Easter, the most important and celebrated holiday for the Russian Orthodox Church, is observed based on the Julian calendar and often falls on a different Sunday than the Catholic or Protestant Easter. This year, the Russian Orthodox Easter will be celebrated 8 April. As in many countries, the Easter celebrations in Russia are full of significance, traditions, family and delicious Easter treats. 

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Saint Pete Coffee Break
05.04.2018 13:27
stpetersburg, culture, foodanddrink
299
Saint Pete Coffee Break

Saint Petersburg is a city of culture, history, architecture with delicious food and drink. During a long day of exploring the city, or if you find yourself simply needing to escape from the cold, there is not much better than sitting down in an quaint café and enjoying good conversation with a great cup of coffee. If you are traveling through Saint Petersburg delicious cafes are on just about every street corner. To be sure that you make the most out of your caffeine selection, here is a list of some of the best cafes for ambiance, comfort and of course, quality! 

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Gogol: Life and Quotes
29.03.2018 14:27
stpetersburg, culture, onthisday
345
Gogol: Life and Quotes

Nikolai Gogol, born 31 March 1809, would go on to become one of the most renowned and influential Russian writers. Gogol can be claimed as the founder of realist literature, laying the groundwork for Russian prose that would influence great writers after him. However, it was in his surrealist writings that Gogol produced some of his most original and celebrated works that delved deep into the darker side of society by comically combing the fantastic with the grotesque.

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Theatres in Saint Petersburg
29.03.2018 14:15
stpetersburg, culture, theatre
285
Theatres in Saint Petersburg

When you think of theater in Russia, most likely the Russian Ballet performing Swan Lake comes into your mind. With images of the elaborate beauty of the classic Mariinsky Theatre, you can be transported back into a time of unparalleled elegance. As the cultural capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg is home to both classical and modern theatre companies known and respected throughout Russia and the world. Music theatres, ballet and opera theatres, puppet theatres and drama theatres all have something unique to offer. 

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Less visited museums of Saint Petersburg
20.03.2018 21:09
stpetersburg, culture, museums
358
Less visited museums of Saint Petersburg

With over 200 museums to be found in Saint Petersburg, the most well known is the Hermitage. While the Hermitage, Russian Museum, and The Peter and Paul Fortress deserve a visit or two from anyone who spends time in the city, these museums are certainly not the only ones that should spark your interest. Here are my personal top five less visited museums in Saint Petersburg, with a few honorable mentions!

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Russian Presidential Elections
16.03.2018 19:46
stpetersburg, moscow, history, culture, onthisday
263
Russian Presidential Elections

Similar to other countries with such long histories, the Russian government has undergone various complete transformations. From early Rus, to the time of the Tsars, to a revolution that birthed the Soviet Union and finally the restructuring into a democratic Russian Federation. The mark of any democracy is the establishment of a free and competitive election process. That is what makes 18 March 2018 a day of significance, the Russian Federation Presidential elections.

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A Tale of Two Capitals: Moscow and Saint Petersburg
14.03.2018 14:20
history, stpetersburg, Moscow, culture
676
A Tale of Two Capitals: Moscow and Saint Petersburg

When people first think about Russia, chances are their minds are first filled with images of Red Square, the Kremlin and the colorful tops of St. Basil`s Cathedral. Moscow, the heart and capital of Russia, can be recognized throughout the world. However, only in recent history has Moscow held the title of “capital,” and even then, one of Russia`s other great and well-known cities took its place. 

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Happy International Women`s Day!
07.03.2018 13:38
stpetersburg, culture, holidays, onthisday
345
Happy International Women`s Day!

Wherever you go on March 8, you will be sure to see an abundance of flowers. Flowers in the hands of women, children and grandmothers. Flowers lining the streets. Flowers being passed out in cafes and shops. Bouquets wrapped and on delivery. Flowers, gifts and beauty are on every corner, and it is quite possible you will come across special events being held in honor of women and femininity. Around the streets you will hear congratulations, and, if you are a woman, may even receive congratulations or flowers of your own from strangers and business alike.

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Anna Akhmatova: Life and works
05.03.2018 15:26
stpetersburg, literature, onthisday, culture, quotes
338
Anna Akhmatova: Life and works

Considered to be one the greatest of Russia’s poets, Anna Akhmatova, is a symbol of Russia and guardian of its culture and language. Born in 1889 in Odessa, her family quickly took up residence in Tsarskoye Selo outside Saint Petersburg, the city in which she would later reside for the greater part of her life. As a daughter of Russia, impacted by the time period in which she lived, her works reflected the changing tides of Russia by critically and poignantly confronting Stalinist Terror, World War II, and the subsequent Russian Thaw. 

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Souvenirs and Gifts - Tips from Former Students
22.12.2017 17:18
stpetersburg, shopping, gifts, souvenirs
467
Souvenirs and Gifts - Tips from Former Students
With Christmas around the corner, students are busying shopping for gifts from Saint Petersburg. But no matter what time of year you're here, you'll probably want to take a few things home with you for yourself or your friends and family. We asked some former and current students what advice they had for buying souvenirs and gifts in Russia.
 
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Where to Eat Around Derzhavin Institute
18.12.2017 15:27
stpetersburg, dailylife, food, lunch, restaurants,
538
Where to Eat Around Derzhavin Institute
If you're a prospective student wondering what options to expect, or a current student looking for some more lunchtime inspiration, read this post to learn more about where you can eat around Derzhavin Institute.
 
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And the winner is...
18.12.2017 14:14
stpetersburg, news, travel, tourism
524
And the winner is...

The World Travel Awards - or the "Oscars of tourism" - recently announced this year's winners in a wide range of categories, and Saint Petersburg was awarded three of the ceremony's most coveted prizes, including World's Leading City Destination 2017!

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Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
12.12.2017 15:11
stpetersburg, culture, learningrussian, books,
451
Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
In a previous post, we looked at some great online resources for reading in Russian, but since you've come all the way to one of the most literary cities in the world, it would be a shame not to take advantage of Saint Petersburg's ubiquitous bookstores and pick up some books to take home with you. In this post, we suggest a few books or series of books that might be of interest to Russian learners, as well as introduce some of the bookstores in the city. 
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Cinema in Saint Petersburg
06.12.2017 14:19
stpetersburg, cinema, entertainment, movies
584
Cinema in Saint Petersburg
Going to the cinema (кинотеатр) in Saint Petersburg is easy, comfortable, and cheap. Foreign movies are typically dubbed into Russian unless otherwise specified, but there are a few theaters that play movies in the original language with Russian subtitles. Russian movies are always played in Russian without subtitles. 
 
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Hockey in Saint Peterburg
05.12.2017 14:08
stpetersburg, sports, entertainment, culture
874
Hockey in Saint Peterburg
Hockey (хоккей) is without question one of the most popular sports in Russia, and Saint Petersburg's team, SKA, is the defending champion and top-ranked team in the league. If you are in Russia between late August and mid-April, be sure to try to catch a match! Whether you're an avid fan or can't tell a puck from a stick, it's an exciting, memorable and inexpensive Russian experience. The next home game is December 19th. Read on to find out more about the team and where you can buy tickets, and learn some Russian hockey cheers.
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Where to Exercise in Saint Petersburg
22.11.2017 17:15
stpetersburg, sports, exercise, hobbies, dailylife
560
Where to Exercise in Saint Petersburg
Between Russian classes, homework, new friends, and sightseeing, you'll have plenty to do in Saint Petersburg, but don't forget to exercise! Besides helping you stay healthy, exercise is a great way to meet people, make local friends, practice your Russian no matter what your level is, and relieve stress. In this post, we'll introduce you to some possibilities of where you can exercise in Saint Petersburg, and where you can look to find the club or activity that most appeals to you. 
 
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Cathedrals of Saint Petersburg
15.11.2017 16:50
stpetersburg, architecture, cathedrals, attractions, history
722
Cathedrals of Saint Petersburg
Among the most important attractions (or, everyone's favorite Russian word, достопримечательности) in Saint Petersburg are its cathedrals and churches, each with a different style and story. Read more about five of the most important cathedrals in the city.
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Dostoyevsky: Life and Quotes
10.11.2017 17:58
stpetersburg, literature, onthisday, culture, quotes
522
Dostoyevsky: Life and Quotes
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky is considered one of the greatest and most significant writers, not only of Russia, but of the world. Find out what's on in Saint Petersburg to  celebrate the 196th anniversary of his birth (November 11), learn about his life and read ten of his most famous quotes, in Russian with their translations. Crime and Punishment might still above your Russian level, but see if you can understand something from these quotes! 
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Popular Russian Music: November Concerts in Saint Petersburg
09.11.2017 17:02
stpetersburg, artandculture, music, events
586
Popular Russian Music: November Concerts in Saint Petersburg
Not only is music the international language, it's also a great way to learn a foreign language! Listening to music in Russian can help improve your listening, your vocabulary and even your grammar - the lyrics will get stuck in your head in the correct cases and conjugations. 
 
In this post, we'll look at three popular Russian artists who all have concerts in Saint Petersburg this month (Градусы, Ленинград and Баста). Get a taste of their music, read some of their lyrics in Russian with their translation, and find out where to buy tickets if you want to see them live. 
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Unity Day - What is it and how will Saint Petersburg celebrate?
30.10.2017 14:06
stpetersburg, events, history, onthisday, holidays
745
Unity Day - What is it and how will Saint Petersburg celebrate?
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Guide to Buying Theater Tickets in Saint Petersburg
27.10.2017 16:57
stpetersburg, artandculture, ballet, theater, howto,
601
Guide to Buying Theater Tickets in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, known as the Cultural Capital of Russia, is world-renouned for its performing arts. Even tourists who spend just a few hours here on a cruise stop make a point to try to see a ballet or an opera at the famous theaters such as Mariinsky Theater or Mikhailovsky Theater. While you're studying here, it would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity to see a performance for youself! In this post, we'll look at how to buy theater tickets and avoid tourist traps. 
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Saint Petersburg Metro - FAQs
20.10.2017 15:43
stpetersburg, dailylife, transportation
601
Saint Petersburg Metro - FAQs
Public transportation in Saint Petersburg is well developed and easy to use. It includes the metro (метро or метрополитен), buses (автобус), trams (трамвай), trolleys (троллейбус), route taxis (маршрутка), and electric local trains (электричка). There are also trains (поезд) to other cities. In this post, we'll discuss important things to know about the metro system and how to use it. Other methods of transportation will be covered in a future post.
 
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Russian Cell Phones FAQs
16.10.2017 14:24
stpetersburg, dailylife,
521
Russian Cell Phones FAQs
Students frequently ask about cell phones (моби́льный телефо́н) and SIM cards (сим-ка́рта) in Russia: How do they get one? How much do they cost? Is it worth it? Read on to find out.
 
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The last week of fountains in Peterhof
10.10.2017 15:46
stpetersburg, history, culture, excursions,
742
The last week of fountains in Peterhof
With more than 150 spectacular fountains, 32 museums, and over 400 hectares of parks and gardens, Peterhof Palace Complex is one of the most popular attractions around Saint Petersburg, and for good reason! This past Saturday, our students got to see the splendor of this UNESCO World Heritage Site for themselves on an unforgetable excursion organized by Derzhavin Institute.
 
If you missed it, don't worry - there's still another week before the fountains turn off for the winter, and after that, the entrance to the Lower Gardens is free of charge. Learn more about Peterhof and what you can see there. 
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Saint Petersburg on Two Wheels
05.10.2017 17:09
stpetersburg,
602
Saint Petersburg on Two Wheels
With its wide streets and flat terrain, Saint Petersburg is a great place to get around on bicycle. It's already starting to get colder, but winter isn't here yet! So hurry up and take advantage of the fall weather to explore the sights and see the city from a different perspective. Learn where and how to go biking in Saint Petersburg. 
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Visit the Hermitage Museum for free.
04.10.2017 16:02
stpetersburg, culture, history
539
Visit the Hermitage Museum for free.

Founded by Catherine the Great and boasting over 4 million paintings, sculptures, documents, artifacts, and other items, the Hermitage Museum is the largest collection of art in Russia and one of the largest in the world. It is well worth a visit any time, but if you don't have plans, consider going this Thursday - the first Thursday of every month is free to all visitors.

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Time cafés in Saint-Petersburg: Time is money!
19.09.2017 14:22
stpetersburg, cafes, culture, history, moscow, coffee, newplaces
766
Time cafés in Saint-Petersburg: Time is money!

Forget your 300 rouble lattes or mochas - a time café can offer you much more for your money! Read on to find what exactly a 'time café' is, where the idea came from, and where to find such places in Saint Petersburg!

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Winter is coming - get ready!
14.09.2017 16:32
stpetersburg, weather, winter, russian, words, phrases
688
Winter is coming - get ready!

There’s no denying it - the weather in St. Petersburg is….challenging (to put it lightly). If you’ve come (or are planning to come) to Derzhavin Institute in Saint Petersburg to study, you’ll need to start thinking about how to survive the cold winter months in the city. The temperatures can drop to as low as minus 30 degrees celsius, and snow can start to fall as early as October (in 2016, the first snowfall happened on October 26th). Therefore, we recommend getting acquainted with some winter vocabulary and stocking up on winter clothing in advance!

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On this day in 1941: Nazi Germany began their 872-day Siege on Leningrad
08.09.2017 16:58
stpetersburg, history, culture, poetry, onthisday, leningrad
635
On this day in 1941: Nazi Germany began their 872-day Siege on Leningrad

On this day in 1941, the Germans began their 872-day Siege on the city of Leningrad, as part of their effort to bring down the Eastern Front in World War II.

 
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The Annual Closing Ceremony of the Peterhof Fountains: A Journey Beyond The Three Seas
07.09.2017 17:26
stpetersburg, events, peterhof, culture
984
The Annual Closing Ceremony of the Peterhof Fountains: A Journey Beyond The Three Seas

Next week, a festival will take place at Peterhof to celebrate the closing of its fountains. This annual event is always a hit amongst tourists and tickets are limited. This is why we have written this post - to give you plenty of time to plan your trip!

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On this day in 1698: Peter the Great introduced a tax on beards
05.09.2017 16:40
stpetersburg, culture, history, onthisday
707
On this day in 1698: Peter the Great introduced a tax on beards

Peter the Great brought about many radical changes during his reign. But why exactly did he want his people to stop having beards? Read this post to find out the answer to this question!

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This weekend in St. Petersburg: The International Festival of Coffee and Tea
29.08.2017 16:14
stpetersburg, coffee, tea, culture, history
641
This weekend in St. Petersburg: The International Festival of Coffee and Tea

This weekend, the International Festival of Coffee and Tea will come to St. Petersburg! In preparation for this event, read this article to learn more about Russia’s tea and coffee traditions! You can also find a copy of the festival’s programme in English at the bottom of this post.

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Alexander Grin and the Scarlet Sails of Saint-Petersburg
23.08.2017 14:13
stpetersburg, culture, festivals, summer, literature, onthisday
1089
Alexander Grin and the Scarlet Sails of Saint-Petersburg

Have you ever seen a ship with bright red sails, sailing along the Neva river? Do you know why this ship makes an appearance every June in St. Petersburg? Alas, all will become clear by the end of this post!

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The Ten Best Places in Saint-Petersburg for Vegetarians
18.08.2017 17:29
stpetersburg, food, vegetarian
862
The Ten Best Places in Saint-Petersburg for Vegetarians

Being a vegetarian while living abroad can be difficult. Sometimes, it can feel like the only thing on the menu for you is a plate of Овощи гриль (grilled vegetables). But you need not worry if you’re living in Saint-Petersburg - the city is full of fantastic vegetarian (and even vegan) restaurants and cafes. All you have to do is find them!

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The Best Green Spots in Saint Petersburg
16.08.2017 16:52
stpetersburg, parks, summer
714
The Best Green Spots in Saint Petersburg

Now that summer has (finally) arrived in Saint Petersburg, it’s worth taking a short trip to one of the many beautiful parks that the city has to offer. Despite being a bustling metropolis, the city is full of green spaces, many of which come with their own interesting history. 

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CONFEDERATION CUP 2017
31.05.2017 12:56
#football #sport #stpetersburg
670
CONFEDERATION CUP 2017

La decima edizione della Fifa Confederations Cup, si disputerà in Russia dal 17 Giugno al 2 Luglio, come prova generale dei Mondiali 2018.

Il torneo prevede la partecipazione di 8 squadre:

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