Tag 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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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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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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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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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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June 22 — Russian Pearl Harbor Day

On June 22, 1941 Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.  This war would turn out to be the most murderous one in the history of mankind.  Every year on June 22 Russians  pause and remember those who died in this fateful … Continue reading

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