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

Beautiful Kazan

April 21, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia

Welcome to Budapest. Wait, no. Welcome to Istanbul. Wrong again. Welcome to Kazan! Where does Europe and Asia share influence over a beautiful and quaint city? In Kazan. Where are the residents ethnically and religiously diverse, yet peacefully live together? In Kazan. Quick History of Kazan This Russian melting pot is 150 years older than Moscow and … Read More

World War II: Russia’s Story

April 14, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student

“Is it true,” asked my Russian cabin mate on the 22-hour train ride from Volgograd to Kazan, “that Americans believe they won the war?” Knowing very well speaking the truth would stir a conversation I was not willing to have, I responded diplomatically — in U.S. schools, students learn about our participation in the war and little … Read More

Travel Moscow to Discover Russia

April 7, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia

When conjuring images of Moscow, my imagination included only Soviet-style buildings and melancholy designs. After exiting the Leningradsky Vokzal, the train station with trains to and from Saint Petersburg, Moscow immediately proved me wrong. Moscow is like New York City. Modern skyscrapers tower the skies. Tourists and Moscovites wander crowded pedestrian areas. Moscow impresses with food … Read More