Studying Abroad with AIFS in Saint Petersburg

June 30, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student

During the Spring 2017 academic semester I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia with AIFS. Preparing to study abroad is a daunting task. Selecting the best organization is crucial for study abroad success. Studying abroad with AIFS pleasantly surprised me and I am happy to share my experience studying abroad in Saint Petersburg and studying … Read More

20 Thoughts On My 20th Birthday

June 26, 2017By Kendal KarstensReflections

Sunday I celebrated my twentieth birthday. Waving good-bye to the teenage angst years is certainly a feat to celebrate. Ringing in a new decade is an accomplishment, but thinking about the next decade fill me with anxiety. In the next ten years I will graduate college, begin a career (maybe two!), move into my first apartment, pay my … Read More

Russia Bag Diaries

June 23, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student, Travel Tips

This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you purchase through one of the links I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. I only include products I love. Thank you for supporting Getaway Girl! Packing for normal-length vacations is a stressful event. Packing for four months or longer is almost unbearable (keep dreaming … Read More

Phase One Travel

June 19, 2017By Kendal KarstensTravel Tips

Let’s explore something rarely endorsed in the travel industry — short-term travel. Some travelers scoff at the thought of spending only a few days in one destination; they want the full cultural experience and to discover off-the-beaten path locations. I consider myself a traveler who seeks culture-filled travels and am a firm advocate of short-term … Read More

10 Local Experiences in Saint Petersburg

June 16, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia

You made it to the Hermitage and watched a classic ballet. Now what? As travelers do, you may be wondering how to do what the locals do. Here are 10 not-to-miss local experiences in Saint Petersburg, in no particular order. Cheer on SKA. Ice hockey and Russia are nearly one and the same. SKA, which stands for Sports … Read More