Russia

War and Peace Notes – Introduction to the Collection

War and Peace Notes – Introduction to the Collection

In Spring 2013, I enrolled in a lower-division undergraduate course called “Slavic 90A: Introduction to Russian Civilization”. During this class, we covered the geography, history and culture of the country. As one of our assigned readings, Lev Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” took a significant portion of […]

English Translation of Fish Short story

English Translation of Fish Short story

Yesterday I dreamed about two unusual fish. The fish swam in a waterless limbo. Their fins glided so effortlessly like kites catching the wind. I myself didn’t understand, but they wanted to tell me a story about their first meeting. The first fish had a […]

Moscow Attractions

Moscow Attractions

Considering that we have diverged to Moscow for the time being, why not cover some landmarks and attractions in Russia’s capitol? This last weekend we visited and saw: The Red Square, including GUM shopping center St. Basil’s Cathedral and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour The […]

Post ID: 224

A very Bruin friendly kitchen in Russia. Sorry for the recent hiatus. I will have to recap on Moscow soon. Some of the memories include performing the 8-clap in the rain and getting a friendly response. Another includes visiting the Red Square and the Armoury.

Great thinkers and business at ITMO

Great thinkers and business at ITMO

From 3D modeling from photographs to teaching languages online, the projects at SumIT this year blow my mind! Another team uses lasers to measure room dimensions for furniture and interior design. We even have a team with Anatoli who is building a program to analyze […]

Train experience

Train experience

It takes approximately 8 hours from Petersburg to Moscow by train. Of course, there is also a high speed train around 4 hours, but the prices are higher. Instead, we took a night train. In those eight hours, we did not stay up very long. […]

Buying Russian Train Tickets w/ American Credit Cards

Buying Russian Train Tickets w/ American Credit Cards

Dear readers, I haven’t posted in the last three days because we were without Wifi access. This blog was meant for Petersburg, but we also took time to visit Moscow this past weekend. We learned first-hand that the direct retailer RZD does NOT accept American […]

In case this happens to you

In case this happens to you

When visiting a new location, you should always be aware of your surroundings. Store your possessions in a safe place like always. Additionally, it’s best if you carry just enough rubles for meals and a debit or credit card for ATM withdrawals. Not every taxi, […]

Post ID: 232

Travel Angel’s business plan in the 8-box model. Our awesome team member Ryan arrived in town today. In the second photo, Clara and Ryan are amused by the sugar cubes for our tea. Later that night around 1am, we went with Aleksander to watch he […]