July 22, “It’s the Pogoda :)”

It started hailing again 🙂 The pogoda        


Visit to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

On Thursday, we went to Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. This is, in my opinion, one of the most iconic churches in Saint Petersburg, maybe even in Russia. There are several pictures and paintings of its colorful onion domes and eclectic patterns sold to tourists, and it even has a SnapChat filter made […]


Memory of the Death of Alexander II

By Caroline Boras I visited Savior on Blood for the third time today. It may seem excessive, but the church’s history has a special place in my Russian studies experience. I wrote my first major Russian history paper on Sophia Perovskaya, the woman who orchestrated Alexander II’s assassination. Throughout this trip, I’ve looked out for mentions of Perovskaya, […]


Just visited Mathilda Kschessinskaya’s Mansion

Aleksei Uchitel’s film about Emperor Nicholas’s romance with a famous dancer is forthcoming. The Russian genre of commemorating the centennial of the 1917 Revolution is soap opera.


St. Petersburg tattoos

Как сказать по-русски: “hope”, “fellow traveller”?  


Petersburg dreamers and SnapChat

Petersburg is a city of utopian dreamers and white nights when real people and imaginary characters co-exist on the border between reality and oneiric experiences.  Among famous/infamous dreamers of St. Petersburg are Emperor Peter himself, Rodion Raskolnikov, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and numerous other visionaries, scholars, composers and artists. My beloved students introduced me to SnapChat and […]


Steven Colbert in Russia

Not only William & Mary and Washington & Lee students visit Russia this summer 🙂  


Petersburg Coincidences and Surprise Encounters

Like in Petersburg’s famous novel, Crime and Punishment, many mysterious coincidences and encounters have occurred during our trip to St. Petersburg. 🙂 We were lucky to run into our beloved William and Mary alums: our Fulbright Scholarship-winning Shannon Callinan, our beloved alum and ESL teacher Julia Seeley-Hall,  and our very first Russian House tutor Natasha […]


Working with St.Petersburg University of Film and Television

This year William and Mary students collaborated on their research projects with the students of Producers’ Department of St.Petersburg University of Film and Television.  We are very grateful to Professors Konstantin Glasman and Ksenia Leontyeva for coordinating this valuable initiative!  


The Tale of Two Nights

After all the group has stuffed themselves with a classic Russian dinner, we sometimes meet up to explore new locations (mostly bars). I would like to detail two nights I have had recently that capture the two extremes of nightlife here. To give a full picture of how wild a night can get, let me […]