Author Archives: Sasha Prokhorov

There’s No Place Like Home (July 27)

Today we are all putting on our Dorothy’s shoes and tap our heels together three times. Wish us a safe trip home 🙂

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Saying Good Bye to Our Russian Collaborators (July 26)

Our research projects would not be even remotely successful without our collaborators from the School of Journalism: Tamara Dedikova, Masha Nefedova, Arina Malikova, and Anastasia Vasilyeva.  At our farewell dinner we thanked them for their great job!  We will stay … Continue reading

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We Start Our Journey Back Home (July 25)

Our Program in Russia is almost over.  William and Mary students did a lot of work in classes, during numerous field trips and most importantly pursuing their independent inquiries.  Each of them worked on her own research project.  As part of their research project they are writing a paper and making a documentary (it will be ready in November).

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We Saw St. Petersburg the Way Peter the Great Wanted Us to See His Capital (July 23)

Peter the Great did not allow to build the bridges in St. Petersburg because he wanted everyone to use ships and boats and thus develop shipbuilding in the new Russian capital.  He also ordered his architects to focus on building … Continue reading

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How to say “vegan” in Russian? (July 22)

Russians struggle to overcome their Soviet past in many areas, and the atrocious “Soviet cuisine” is one of the indispensable components of this haunting past.  Arguably, three major ingredients of the Red cuisine are mayonnaise, spam, and cheap alcohol.  With … 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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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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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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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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Trick Fountains of the Peterhof Palace (July 10)

Peterhof is a summer country house of the Russian imperial family modeled on the Palace of Versailles.  My favorite thing about the palace and gardens  is the surprise and trick fountains. Peter liked to take his guests in ten-fifteen pound … Continue reading

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