Peculiar St. Petersburg
This article was written by Alice Genge, published on 28th December 2009 and has been read 4146 times.
Useful local words: 'тема', 'Класс', 'оцтой'.
What not to pack: Thermals (a good coat is all you need for outside!), HIV test certificate (you can get one done here, cheaper and certified by Russian bureaucracy), a hot water bottle.
What to pack: A warm coat (not necessarily fur!), a hat (or many, to vary), DVDs, a laptop (most houses don’t have internet and barely any uni computers...).
Couldn't have done without: Skype and an affinity for mullets.
Word of advice: The prices in most museums and other attractions are different for Russian residents and foreigners. Use your Russian student card as often as possible, for considerable discounts. You should go to a ballet at the Marrinsky—not to be missed and the perfect treat for parents and visiting friends!
Alice Genge, French, Russian and Arabic, Durham University