Author: Samantha Guthrie

5 Places to Try St. Petersburg’s Trendy Food Culture

St. Petersburg abounds in small, cute cafes. These often offer specialty food items and comfortable, attractive, quiet interiors. Here are five places that students on SRAS Study Abroad Programs in St. Petersburg have found to try some of St. Petersburg’s burgening European food culture! If you’d like to try some truely upscale options for local […]

Top Business Lunches in Saint Petersburg

For those that don’t know, a business lunch is an inexpensive pre-set meal that restaurants offer to maximize their lunchtime traffic between about 12:00-4:00pm. This is a student’s paradise! Most business lunches offer a main dish, a side, and a drink for around 200-350 rubles ($3-6). Some places offer one or two choices for each […]

33a / 33ა

33ა (33a) is a Georgian folk-rock band based out of Tbilisi. It was founded in 1994, during the troubled “dark 90s” of post-Soviet Georgia, led by Niaz Diasamidze. The name of the band, in fact, comes from the address of Diasamidze’s Tbilisi Apartment – 33a Paliashvili Street. All of the band members are Georgian. Diasamidze […]

Mihran Tsarukyan / Միհրան Ծառուկյան

Mihran Tsarukyan (Միհրան Ծառուկյան) was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1987. He is a well-known pop artist and actor. His Facebook page has nearly 40,000 followers and his official YouTube channel has just over 40,000 subscribers. Much of his fame comes from his roles as a main cast member on the show Hard Life (Դժվար […]

Iveta Mukuchyan / Իվետա Մուկուչյան

Iveta Mukuchyan (Իվետա Մուկուչյան) was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1986. She grew up in Hamburg, Germany where her family moved in 1992. At the age of 23, she returned to Armenia to audition for the popular television show Hay Superstar (the Armenian version of American Idol). Although she was eliminated in the semi-finals and […]

Lilit Hovhannisyan / Լիլիթ Հովհաննիսյան

Lilit Hovhannisyan (Լիլիթ Հովհաննիսյան) was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1987. As a child, she wanted to be a fashion designer, but when a relative heard her voice, they urged her parents to enroll her in vocal lessons, and later she attended a special music-focused high school in Yerevan. Lilit began her public career on […]

Guide to Radio in St. Petersburg

Radio has been used since the early 20th century for art, entertainment, social value, information sharing, political purposes, and more. Alexander Popov, a key player in the invention of radio, made his discoveries in Kronstadt, an island town in the St. Petersburg municipality. From rebellious Soviet young adults trying to pick up static-filled Voice of […]

Baseball: The St. Petersburg Dockers

Think there’s no baseball in Russia? Think again. America’s favorite pastime is gaining popularity across Russia, although it remains a niche sport. Real baseball stadiums can be found in Moscow and its suburbs and Vladivostok, with notable participation in local leagues in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Kazan, Astrakhan, and more! In St. Petersburg there […]