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The Magic Russian White Desert – Chukotka Posted by on Jul 20, 2020


Chukotka is one of the places on our planet where permafrost and the majestic nature are merged. It looks like an endless white desert. Its landscape has not changed for several thousand years. It is here that you can meet a bear on the street. Chukotka (Чуко́тка) or, as it is formally known, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug (Чуко́тский автоно́мный…

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Guest Post: Gary Mei on His First Trip to Russia Posted by on Oct 11, 2018

Moscow subway

For this installment in our first time in Russia series, software developer Gary Mei (Rochester, New York) talks about his recent trip. On Safety I visited Russia with my wife for two weeks at the start of September 2018. We flew into St. Petersburg (Санкт-Петербу́рг), explored smaller towns as we traveled south, and flew out…

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Advice for First-Time Travelers to Russia by Emily Owens Altman Posted by on May 1, 2018

GUM department store

This post is the first in a series of first-hand accounts and tips from people who have traveled to Russia. They will share their experiences and give prospective visitors some advice. Our first guest author is Emily Owens Altman, a librarian in Richmond, Virginia. The rest of this post is by Emily, with Russian spellings and…

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First Time in Russia: an American Perspective (Part 2) Posted by on Apr 22, 2014

Hello everyone! Here is the second part to the story we started last week (you can find part 1 here). Our first full day in Mogilev saw us getting my visa stamped, grocery shopping, and walking around town. Downtown Mogilev was a very beautiful city and the cloudy weather did not spoil it. The city was…

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First Time in Russia: an American Perspective (Part 1) Posted by on Apr 15, 2014

The other day, my husband and I were engaged in a conversation about his perception of Russia. This post became a natural extension of that discussion. What follows is my husband’s account of our first trip to my homeland together. In order to adequately describe the adventure, the story will be told in two parts…

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It Is Time to Take Stock: “Время подводить итоги” Posted by on Dec 23, 2010

Russians are not alone in their «двойственный» [dichotomous] approach in the weeks before the New Year. On the one hand, it’s time for frantic and quite overwhelming preparations for the holidays, attending parties, buying gifts… On the other hand, it is time for slowing down, reflecting on «старый год» [the year that’s about to end]…

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Learning Russian for Travel Posted by on Aug 20, 2010

So far summer 2010 hasn’t been the best for travel to Russia. In addition to the usual visa-related headache, we have a heat wave, drought, wildfires, hurricane-force winds, and low air quality because of all the fires. «Такое вот лето фиговое.» [Such rubbish summer.] A once-popular and often-cited line from an old song – «у природы нет плохой погоды» [nature…

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