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  • Buy Groceries Like a Russian

    How hard is it to buy a pound of apples? Here’s how to ace a grocery run and save a ruble or two.  


  • A Dummies Guide to Mushroom Hunting

    From late summer till autumn’s first chills, many Russians leave the comfort of their homes and dachas to go mushroom hunting. Getting up as early as possible to spend your whole day in a forest  poking about the undergrowth sure sounds like a strange idea; still, this seemingly tedious activity is ever popular. For those willing to try this traditional Russian pastime, we’ve decided to give a few tips, as well as try to figure out what exactly is so good about hunting a game that can’t run.  


  • Secret Rules of Russian Public Transport

    Recently, an Indian student who came to study at ITMO commented on how organized the transit system is in St. Petersburg. I wasn’t sure what he meant by that. Maybe he was impressed by how everything comes on time or the fact that you can take public transport to the most obscure parts of the city. Now, I think he was talking about all the unwritten rules that every local knows… how to navigate the mysterious world of public transportation.


  • Hermitage, Football, and Lots of Programming: Summer Camp at ITMO

    For several years now, students from all over the world have been coming to St. Petersburg to take part in ITMO University's Camp in Programming. We met three current students: Hassan from The Gambia, Roh from Slovenia, and Enrique from Mexico, to talk about their experience.


  • ITMO’s Russian Language Summer School: Attracting Students from Around the World

    For the third year in a row, ITMO University's Russian Language Summer School has given students from around the world an opportunity to delve into intense Russian language study for a few weeks, get to know the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, and learn more about Russian culture.


  • It’s Time to Celebrate Russia Day

    One of the newest holidays, Russia Day is a mystery even to many Russians. In fact, it is being celebrated for the 24th time and is more exciting than it sounds.


  • Today We Celebrate Victory Day

    There’s probably not a single Russian family that wasn’t touched by the Second World War, or the Great Patriotic War as it is called in Russia and many former Soviet republics. The years 1941 – 1945 are engraved in all of us, even generations removed from the actual war, as the years of sacrifice, suffering, and faith in victory. It’s what we think about in times of hardship even now – the songs that we sang as kids at school about how victory is to be achieved it at any cost. And the cost was great.


  • Russian Easter: a Feast of Cheer

    Russian Orthodox Easter, one of two most important holidays in the Orthodox Calendar, will be celebrated this coming Sunday, April 8. 


  • Exchange Students from Brazil: 'They're Always Happy'

    Students from around the world have come to participate in the IT and Innovation Business in Russia exchange semester at ITMO. Among them is a bright and bubbly group from Brazil. Every year a group of four or five students come from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) in Vittoria, on the east coast of Brazil, to join our exchange semester. Last year we talked to Esthevão who shared about what brought him to Russia. This year we talk with Angelo, Thales, Caio, Mateus and Yan who have been here for five weeks now, about their experience so far.


  • Russia by Rail: A First-Hand Experience

    Tiny beds, crowded spaces, boiled eggs, instant noodles, cup-a-soup, new friends, riding on the open road: these are some of the endearing features of the legendary Trans-Siberian railway that so many foreigners long to experience. While I’ve never taken the full route from west to east, I’ve had a fairly full experience of Russian train travel and it turned out more fun than I ever expected.


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