Tag Archives: Russian Studies

The French Know How for the Moscow Olympics (July 1-3)

In Moscow we stayed at the hotel Kosmos.  It was built by the French for the Moscow Olympics in 1980.  The French connection is perhaps the reason why in 2005 Russians erected a monument to Charles de Gaulle  in front … 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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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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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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First Weeks and Fixers (20-21 June)

We are here, we are learning on our feet, and we have, in the past week, survived quite a bit. From fashion emergencies, through public transportation adventures, all the way to unreliable weather reports and border patrol, the country that … Continue reading

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Sting’s Concert on Palace Square (June 16)

Tonight we went to Sting’s concert on the Palace Square right next to the Winter Palace. A lot of people and fun 🙂

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William and Mary Students Arrive to St. Petersburg (15-16 June).

On June 15th William and Mary students have arrived safely to St. Petersburg, Russia.  This is our program’s tenth summer in Russia.  William and Mary has signed an agreement with St. Petersburg University back in 2001. Вот это да! 🙂 … Continue reading

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