Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Beginning of Our Second Full Week in the City

Officially as of today, we have been in St. Petersburg for two full weeks! It’s hard to believe that time is flying by so fast! This past Monday, Sasha surprised us with a tour of Pushkin’s Museum, instead of our … Continue reading

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A Short Week in the Classroom and a Long Week of Travel (27 June)

I like this picture of the building where we are having our classes.  This week we will spend only four days at the university.  On Friday morning we are heading to Moscow.  We will have a weekend full of adventures: … Continue reading

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Lunch at a Restaurant co-owned by a Willam and Mary Alum (26 June)

After the ballet at the Mariinsky we stopped by a restaurant across the street from the Mariinsky Theater.  It was about 3 pm. and we went for a late lunch there.  As it turns out, the restaurant is co-owned by … Continue reading

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Mariinsky Ballet (26 June)

  Yesterday, we had the privilege of going to see a ballet at the famous Mariinsky Theater! The ballet showcased three acts. The first, an under-the-sea-esque themed ballet had a story line that was a bit difficult to follow. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Russia’s Williamsburg. Novgorod! (25 June)

Well it’s like Williamsburg, but it’s also kind of like Boston, maybe a cross between the two. Much smaller than Boston, much bigger than the Burg, but similar stories of creation, importance, churches and monuments to what once was, and like Williamsburg, a city that … Continue reading

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Our Tour Guide at the Hermitage Museum (23 June)

Every year William and Mary hires a tutor for the Russian House from St. Petersburg University.  The very first tutor we hired in 2002 was Natasha Sokolova who at that point in history was a PhD student at the English … Continue reading

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June 22 — Russian Pearl Harbor Day

On June 22, 1941 Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.  This war would turn out to be the most murderous one in the history of mankind.  Every year on June 22 Russians  pause and remember those who died in this fateful … Continue reading

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The Hermitage Museum (June 23)

Visiting the Hermitage was an unforgettable experience. In the Winter palace, Imperial Russia’s grandeur is on full display. It seemed I was peering back in time to an age of conquest, power, and decadence. The variety of artwork was impressive. … Continue reading

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Zenit! Zenit! Zenit! (22 June)

We went to the Zenit soccer game this evening. It was quite an interesting experience. First, the stadium has a moat around it. With police boats in it. Apparently Petersburgians really love some soccer… enough to attempt to swim to … Continue reading

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Our Collaborators from the School of Journalism (21 June)

To follow up on Monika’s post.  Today we’ve met with with our collaborators from School of  Journalism: Tamara Dedikova, Arina Malikova, Anastasia Vasilyeva, and Maria Nefedova (left to right in the right side of the image).  Tamara will work with … Continue reading

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