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Tallinn Surprised Me

When considering top destinations in Europe, Tallinn certainly does not cross your mind. It should. Before setting off on my weekend in Helsinki and Tallinn, I suspected Helsinki would be the favorite and Tallinn a stop on the way. Helsinki did not meet expectations and Tallinn surpassed...

One Day in Helsinki

Hello strangers. In order to best enjoy my final weeks in Russia, I decided to take a break from blogging. Now I am back in the States and mostly settled in. Let’s pick up where we left off! As my semester in Russia approached its final weeks, our group set off for a long weekend in...

Beautiful Kazan

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...

World War II: Russia’s Story

“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...

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Guide to Foreign Language Learning

Learning languages frightens people. Undoubtedly, developing skills in a second (or third, or fourth…) language is challenging. Knowing multiple languages in our global world is necessary in nearly every part of our life — school, business, travel, and more. My first language...

Travel Moscow to Discover Russia

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...