Monthly Archives: July 2011

Ashby Gaines/Researching The Aurora Movie Theater (July 20)

My research project here in St. Petersburg is centered around the Aurora Movie Theater. The Aurora Theater opened in 1913 and is located on Nevskii Prospekt. The Aurora is an incredible theater for many reasons- it was the first movie … Continue reading

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Megan Donesky/My Research Project: Nevsky Prospekt (July 19)

Nevsky is to St. Petersburg what Times Square is to New York. It’s the main street where everything is happening. Every other vehicle is a tour bus packed with retirees with their cameras at the ready. And while the buildings … Continue reading

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The William and Mary Day in St. Petersburg (July 18)

Today we got a little bit homesick and decided to hold a William and Mary day.  Those of us who had their William and Mary t-shirts ready put them on and we took a picture on the bank of St. … Continue reading

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My First Day as a Teacher

On one fateful adventure to the laundrymat, or “prachechnaya,” an advertisement caught my eye. It was all in English, and it was advertising for native english speakers to be conversation leaders at english classes. I jumped at the opportunity. I … Continue reading

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The Palace of Reflections (July 16)

Many writers and filmmakers noted that St. Petersburg is a city of dreams and reflections.  The architects who designed the city’s palaces favored mirrors and elaborate facades behind which the royal family and their friends and enemies were hiding their … Continue reading

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Running in a Metropolis

As we slave away on our research projects and struggle to master the Russian language, occasionally we are granted a few minutes to reflect and think about our time here in this strange land. Sometimes it feels like time is … Continue reading

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Share Taxi in St. Petersburg (July 15)

To get to the university you can take a bus, a trolley or a share taxi called marshrutka. The share taxi takes passengers on a fixed route and cost only 25 rubles per ride (about 1 US dollar).  The marshrutkas … Continue reading

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The Imaginary-Professional Adventures of Monika at KinoForum

Sporting a laminated and lanyard-ed visitors pass around my neck, I caught the elevator up to the fifth floor of the Hotel Europa, here in St. Petersburg. The ballroom from which I am writing is the headquarters for the 2011 … Continue reading

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KINOFORUM: WM Students Attend the New International Film Festival (July 10 – 15)

In 2010 a group of Petersburg filmmakers and critics announced the birth of a new international film festival in St. Petersburg.  It is called KINOFORUM.  The festival has two competition programs: BEST OF THE BEST (the competition of award-winning films … Continue reading

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Interviewing Every Day (June 29 – July 22)

This summer each W&M student is doing two projects: a research paper and a documentary film about the chosen site of memory.  The projects range from the historical Nevsky Prospekt (Megan Donesky) to the futuristic Gazprom Tower (Alex McGrath).

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