What to expect from celebrating Christmas in Moscow

What to expect from celebrating Christmas in Moscow

Last year was a magical Christmas.  Jacob and I visited our dear friend Nikita in Moscow.   Celebrating Christmas in Moscow was magical and one of my favorite parts of spending the holiday season in Russia meant that we got to visit some of the Christmas markets in Moscow, including the Red Square Christmas Market.  Keep reading for tips for attending the Christmas markets in Moscow.

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Russian travel tips: 30 things to know before visiting Russia for the first time

Russian travel tips: 30 things to know before visiting Russia for the first time

Earlier this year, I was invited by a Russian friend to spend New Year’s Eve with his family.  I realize that my experience traveling to Russia may be atypical for other travelers as we spent the trip with friends, however I hope that my experience helps you prepare to visiting Russia for the first time.

Seeing Moscow and the surrounding areas with my friend gave me the opportunity to see a side of Russia that many tourists don’t get to see as well as some of the main tourist attractions in Moscow. I’ve included a number of Russian travel tips as well as a few things that surprised me about traveling in Russia.

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Yaroslavl: A picturesque weekend trip from Moscow

Yaroslavl: A picturesque weekend trip from Moscow

While visiting Moscow, I was very curious about seeing some of the historic cities along the Golden Ring outside of Moscow. When my Russian friend suggested that we visit Yaroslavl, a beautiful Russian city with a UNESCO recognized historic center, how could I say no?

This post is about our experience in Yaroslavl, including what we did during winter in Yaroslavl.  I emphasize the winter bit as Yaroslavl is a popular summer destination, however we didn’t let the cold bother us too much.  I also include tips on where to stay and eat in Yaroslavl.

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How to Banya: Your guide to the Russian banya

How to Banya: Your guide to the Russian banya

I admit that I was mildly terrified when my friend recommended that we go to the banya outside of his uncle’s house. I’m terrible with the heat, but I was lucky enough to have a good friend happy to explain the ins-and-outs of the Russian banya, one of the most unique experiences to have while you’re visiting Russia.  (more…)

One day in Sergiev Posad, the perfect day trip from Moscow

One day in Sergiev Posad, the perfect day trip from Moscow

Moscow is a stunning city, however culture lovers cannot miss the stunning Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius in Sergiev Posad.  This stunning Russian UNESCO recognized monastery is an easy day trip from Moscow and perfect for those interested in learning about the Russian Orthodox Church.  Keep reading for tips on visiting Sergiev Posad from Moscow. (more…)

How to easily learn the Cyrillic alphabet before your trip

How to easily learn the Cyrillic alphabet before your trip

One of the best things to do before your trip to Russia is to learn the Russian alphabet aka the Cyrillic alphabet.  This post will detail how to learn the Cyrillic alphabet with tips from my previous trips to Russia and Serbia. I include the best free apps for learning the Cyrillic alphabet as well as helpful language apps for learning useful phrases in Russian (or another language).  This post also applies to learning the Cyrillic alphabet for other countries, including Serbia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Belarus, … (more…)