Two Photos A Day Keeps the Memories from Fading Away

Today marks exactly 2 weeks since I left Russia and, therefore, 2 weeks I have spent traveling through Europe with a tour group called Top Deck. I have been to Stockholm, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes, Budapest, Krakow, Auschwitz, Prague, Dresden, Berlin, Amsterdam, and, tomorrow, London all in 15 days. From Dubrovnik to London, I have... Continue Reading →


My last few days

My time in Russia has been such a memorable and amazing experience, and it has come to an end (for now). On Tuesday, I had my last Russian language class. We did an oral exam that was very lowkey. After we all took a turn, our professor took us on a field trip to another... Continue Reading →

Sunday Funday

Today, I ventured alone to Elagin Island, which is entirely a green space making for an absolutely beautiful and secluded park. It is only accessible by foot and maybe water. There were so many areas where you could wander down a path and be completely alone: just you and nature. It seems like a wonderful... Continue Reading →

My Dam Project

This post is actually about me studying abroad in Russia. I have mentioned in earlier posts that I was doing a project while here on the Saint Petersburg Dam and its environmental impact. Now, at the end of my time here, I have had multiple interview, filmed so b-roll around the city, and have been... Continue Reading →

Half Way There Reflection

I have reached the halfway point in my time abroad! This one month has flown by! I have seen so much, and I feel much more confident in my Russian language abilities. At this midway point, I think it is wise to reflect on what I have observed, learned, and been doing my first time... Continue Reading →

The Tale of Two Nights

After all the group has stuffed themselves with a classic Russian dinner, we sometimes meet up to explore new locations (mostly bars). I would like to detail two nights I have had recently that capture the two extremes of nightlife here. To give a full picture of how wild a night can get, let me... Continue Reading →

Peter’s Treasures

One of my favorite things about Peter is the treasures around almost every corner from street performers to cleverly named restaurants utilizing multiple languages. My favorite finds are always the parks. There are green spaces everywhere, and they are always crowded even on cloudy/rainy days (most days here). Recently, I have been wandering the city... Continue Reading →

Moscow Days 4,5,6 & 7

Thursday was a relatively calm day. We went to class like normal and then met for a walking tour of The Alexander Garden near the Kremlin. We started at a statue of Marshall Marshal Zhukov, went to the eternal flame where we saw a change of guards, saw a statue dedicated to Alexander the First, and... Continue Reading →

Moscow Days 1,2 & 3

One lovely morning at 4 am, I was awoken by my alarm to get up to catch the 7 am train to Moscow. Our squad met at Primorskaya station at 5:30 am and surprisingly no one was that late even with some of us going out the night before for Sarah's birthday. The train was... Continue Reading →

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