Category Archives: Vasilyevsky Island

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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Sophie Kosar/St. Petersburg: Russia’s Window to the West (July 24)

The focus of my research here in St. Petersburg is the city’s new Marine Façade, an urban development project taking place on the westernmost edge of Vasilievsky Island. As with any substantial development project, especially one being built in such … Continue reading

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William Lahue/Communities of The Smolensky Cemetery (July 23)

I chose for my research project  Smolensky cemetery on Vasilyevsky Island, the oldest continuously operating cemetery of St. Petersburg.    Researching Smolensky cemetery has been both a privilege and a pleasure. Specifically I focused on the cemetery as a common place … 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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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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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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July 8th: Two Holidays to Celebrate :)

One of us has a birthday today.  Sophie Kosar turned 19 and we went to our favorite Russian pies restaurant Stollie to celebrate the occasion.  С днём рождения Софи 🙂

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When you’re smiling (July 7th) :)

When you’re smilin’….keep on smilin’ The whole world smiles with you 🙂

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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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