Tag Archives: Excursions

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

Posted in Excursions, St. Petersburg, Transportation | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on We Saw St. Petersburg the Way Peter the Great Wanted Us to See His Capital (July 23)

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

Posted in Excursions, Pushkin | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Palace of Reflections (July 16)

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

Posted in Excursions, Kinoforum, Research, Shows, St. Petersburg | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Imaginary-Professional Adventures of Monika at KinoForum

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

Posted in Excursions, Kinoforum, Nevsky Prospekt, Research, Shows, St. Petersburg | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on KINOFORUM: WM Students Attend the New International Film Festival (July 10 – 15)

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

Posted in Excursions, Peterhof | Tagged | Comments Off on Trick Fountains of the Peterhof Palace (July 10)

Today We Are Visiting Fedor, Rodion, and Sonia (July 7)

Every city has famous literary addresses.  In St. Petersburg the most famous are those associated with Fedor Dostoyevsky and his best known novel Crime and Punishment. Marina Uvarova, one of the researchers from the Museum of Dostoevsky, led our tour … Continue reading

Posted in Classes, Excursions, St. Petersburg | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Today We Are Visiting Fedor, Rodion, and Sonia (July 7)

My First Date in Russia! (July 6)

Today was a great day! I started the morning by showing up to the RIGHT room for class for the FIRST time this week. In my largely Korean/Chinese-middle aged-men class, a new student arrived! An americansky from New Mexico! Who … Continue reading

Posted in Excursions, Nevsky Prospekt, Research, Shows, St. Petersburg | Tagged , , | Comments Off on My First Date in Russia! (July 6)

The Sapsan High Speed Train (July 5)

The Sapsan high speed train was something different and new. In the US we aren’t used to having particularly great public transportation outside of cities. The Sapsan connects St.Petersburg and Moscow, and is a new addition to Russia’s rail system. … Continue reading

Posted in Moscow, Transportation | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The Sapsan High Speed Train (July 5)

A Love Locked Forever

I cross the bridge over reka Moyka near the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It is mid-evening in St. Petersburg, and the sun shines horizontally through the city. There are couples leaning against the railings, mothers pushing strollers, and nearby … Continue reading

Posted in Excursions, Novgorod, Research, St. Petersburg | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on A Love Locked Forever

We are becoming Kremlinologists (July 2)

During the Cold War there was such a job: a kremlinologist.  Because Western  scholars did not have access to the inside workings of the Kremlin, they tried to infur the changes in Soviet power by observing the changes in the … Continue reading

Posted in Excursions, Moscow | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on We are becoming Kremlinologists (July 2)