St. Petersburg is like Tomsk, only bigger

Trip despite the coronavirus

Usually when someone finds out that I’m from Russia, they assume I’m from Moscow. 

Foreigners have  generally heard of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, two largest cities in Russia, the country’s capital and cultural capital.

I’m from Tomsk, but I love Saint Petersburg as much as my hometown. I think it was my father’s fault. He liked to quote Pushkin’s poem ” The Bronze Horseman”: “I love you, Peter’s Creation.”.. These words were about the city of St. Petersburg, created by Peter the Great. But my father’s name was also Peter, and I was his creation…. it was a pun, but that’s probably why I fell in love with the city.

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Happy Epiphany!

Epiphany, or Baptism – one of the main Orthodox holidays-is celebrated on January 19. The holiday begins on the evening of January 18, when all Orthodox celebrate Epiphany Christmas Eve. Christmas holidays end on January 19.

The feast of the Epiphany is one of the most ancient holidays of the Christian Church, established in the time of the apostles.

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Books that traveled with me

6 years ago I came to America with one suitcase. But first I sent a parcel to the U. S. with books. What were those books?

  • Practical English Usage
  • Correct your English errors
  • English the American way
  • Woman who run with the wolves
  • Tomsk slums
  • Mtsyri (Novice)
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Trip to Tomsk, 2018

Tomsk is a city and the administrative center of Tomsk oblast, located on the Tom River. 

It was founded in 1604. The discovery of gold in 1830 brought development to Tomsk. However, when in 1903 the Trans-Siberian railway came into operation, but it didn’t go directly through Tomsk, which turned it into a provincial city.

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From Russia with tea

What do you miss the most when you are not at home? Or what is a necessary part of your day? To me this is tea.

I am not myself if I don’t have at least one cup of hot tea a day. I am from Russia where tea-drinking has become a national tradition.Tea is an extremely significant part of Russian culture. Hot tea is one of the most popular beverages in the country partly because of its cold climate. Today, an estimated 80 percent of Russians drink tea every day.

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Victory Day

Every year on May 9, Russia celebrates Victory Day to commemorate the Soviet victory in World War II or the Great Patriotic War, as the World War II is referred to by the Russians.  The peace treaty had been signed late on 8 May, 1945 in Berlin. Moscow (being in a different time zone) received the news in the early hours of 9 May. The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin.

 May 9th became a non-labor day only in 1965 and only in certain Soviet republics. But it was and is the holiday of celebrating victory over Nazis and remembering all those who had died, defending their Motherland.

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My 5 favorite Russian superstitions

Russians are very superstitious and are attentive to various omens. I am Russian, and I can confirm this fact. It’s very hard to get rid of prejudices, if you grew up and lived with them for 40 years.

There are a few of my favorite ones:
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