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study Russian in "Enjoy Russian" school
You're interested in Russian language, but don't have enough time and don't want to get it boring...
So, in Petrozavodsk there is school "Enjoy Russian", where you'll be able to study Russian in interesting active method (Russian in Russian!), live in real Russian family and eat Russian cuisine, have cultural program (visit almost all famous sights of Karelia), have informal cultural program with Russian students (i.e. visiting museums, night clubs, different parties, "hand-made" theater:)
- Study Abroad
Amusement park - Attraktzionov park
If you are not into these equipments you should still at least visit the Ferris wheel.
While buying a ticket you have to know what equipment you will use. So if you are not able speak any Russia it’s good idea to take a picture of guidance board of the equipment or write the name down.
- Family Travel
Preparation for the construction started in 1825. The main works were made by peasant's artels from different uyezds of Olonetsky province. Building materials are: stone, wood, lime.
Stone works masters were managed by Pjetro Karlo Moderni (he has Italian backgrounds)
Decorations works were made by master Vikula Jevstafjev, from St. Petersburg.
The roof works were made by Kholmogorsky (master Chernayaev)
The church was built under participation of the whole city and even the whole province and by the early 1832 the construction had been accomplished.
Walk in the woods in winter
Not far from Petrozavodsk center, for those who like to walk, there are many woods.
I've been walking there during winter, lot of snow and not bad weather, really beatutiful.
This is the best way to feel the nature in winter, bring something warm to drink and maybe something to eat, make sure you have the right clothes and shoes to walk in the snow.
Stop somwhere and have a look around, enjoy the view.
The Eternal flame
Petrozavodsk memorial to fallen soldiers in the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany.
Stop to say a little pray for those who have lost their lives during WW, really nice to see the flame burning in the dark.
Walk around the lake in winter
Walking around the Onega lake in winter it's really nice.
Everything is covered in bright white snow and the lake is frozen, giving you the idea that both sides of the lake are connected all together.
Of course be careful because the road might be really slippery.
But, on a sunny day, and why not, even on a not so warm day, take a walk around the lake and look around, it's really impressive and nice to see everything in white, fresh air and blue sky.
In winter, specially during the student's day (25 of january), in Petrozavodsk is available an ice skating place.
This day is also called Tatiana's day, and expect really a lot of people.
The entrance is for free and you have the chance to rent the necessary equipment on site, but again expect many people to be there.
Russian / Ukraine soup - Borscht
Borscht (also Borsht or Borschch) is a traditional soup from Eastern Europe, where prominence is given to Beetroot and other vegetables and meat.
2 variations of this soup are possible, hot and cold.
Really tasty, with fantastic flavors. The color is deep red due to the beetroot.
Even if in general you don't like soups (like me), i really suggest to try it once, delicious, specially in cold winter days when you come back home.
Absolutely not difficult to make at home, can also be served with sour cream to complete the delicious dish.
Here's how to make it: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Borscht
I really suggest to go and have a look at Orthodox churches, they are really a beauty.
Many of them are made in wood externally and they look really unique, and inside, in wome way simple, but with many precious ornaments all around, such as precious squares, statues, etc...
Always remember that inside churches specially you have to give an offer before taking pictures and it's always a good idea to ask before doing it.
From my experience inside those churches you can really see devoted women praying.
It's also popular to go on your knees when you arrive in front of the church, this because you are entering Jesus home, so even if you are not used to do it, it's also good thing if you do that as well.
Something else, you are not allowed to wear a hat or hoodie inside the church, respect, and in some churches women need to have their shoulders covered, so no t-shirt, or shorts.
Walk over the frozen lake
When the weather is really cold and the temperature drops for some days, and we are talking about between -15 / -20 or more, the ice over the lake gets thick and you can see people walking over it.
Obviously you always have to be careful doing that, because over the ice there's always a big layer of snow.
People also go fishing, and make nordic ski over the frozen lake, and in windy days you can see also people doing kite surfing.
It's really a nice experience to be on the lake and look at the city from another point of view.
People also build igloo and nice snow mans.
A taste of vodka
Something else tipical from Russia, vodka.
Well this is the right place where you can and have to try real vodka.
I'm not a lover of high alcohol beverages, but from time to time i enjoy a glass.
It consists of mostly water and ethanol purified by distillation.
originally the name wasn't vodka, but bread wine was used a therm and until the middle of 18th century, vodka remained relatively low on alcohol, not exceding the 40% of volume.
Now has usually an alcohol content of 35 to 50% of volume.
Personally i have found a pretty good brand, which is Parliament, not so expensive and not so "heavy".
If you are visiting some people in Russia, they will offer you eighter vodka or thea, those 2 beverages are really common.
Matryoshka - A must when talking about presents
When talking about presents or souvenirs from Russia, this is really a must, something tipical from Russia.
The Matryoshka, also known as Babushka or Russian nested doll, is made by a set of dolls which size decrease the deep you go inside the doll, in fact they are one inside eachother.
The name Matryoshka is a derivative of the first Russian female name, Matryona, that was a really popular name among people in old Russia.
Matryona is related to the Latin "mater", Mother.
The more dolls you have one inside oeachother, the more the external doll is big, the can be incredibly big.
Paintings on the dolls are often hand made (of course those are the most "expensive" and the most beautiful).
Different colours, themes and sizes are so available, you just have to make your choice
Get the taste of real Russia
While traveling to Russia, don't stop yourself in touristic cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Believe me, you can get the best taste of Russia, the real taste, going off the beaten path, out of touristic towns.
Out on those towns, you will find people who are not used to see so much tourism, still fully immersed in their day by day genuine life, and this is the best you can experience.
Beside what some people say, Russian people have a huge culture, a charming savoir-faire and their behavoir is really fantastic, specially with guests.
I really suggest to take the adventure and get somewhere outside Moscow and very known cities, without being afraid that something can happen, nothing bad will happen to you, of course better if you have somebody who speaks Russian or if you speak it yourself.
I've been traveling in some outside cities, not touristic at all, and i've been fascinated of the beauty and people i met.
Russian pancake - Blini
An exclusive Russian original tasty recipe.
Blini is a Russian traditional dish. The making was a real sacred mystery and people told fortunes on the dough and kept their recipes secret. The first Blinis were put on the window-sills for poor people and pilgrims. They are baked in a great quantity for holidays and foreigners are often surprised at how many Bliny Russians can eat!
Really something i suggest to try, you will not regret it, delicious, inviting and something you will not stop to eat.
You can eat them with marmelade, sour cream, chocolate, etc...
The most popular Blinis were made from buckwheat flour and good Blinis must be very, very thin. The thinner Blinis are, the better the cook's skill is.
Here's a website that will give you the recipe: