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Impressions of Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second-largest city and an important port. Situated on the banks of the Nera River at the edge of the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in the early-18th century and till this day, remains the cultural centre of Russia and home […]

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Shifting capitals

As a kid, I would spend hours studying my geographic encyclopedias. I memorised all the data I could find, like the size of each country, its population and its capital city and used this to challenge my friends at school to a game of “Name The Capital”. There was one guy at school, Raymond, whom […]

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Matryoshka-style visit to Moscow

Russia’s capital city is culturally rich, very green and…. HUGE! Inspired by the traditional Russian wooden doll, here is an organised and original way of exploring some of Moscow’s essential wonders. Biggest Matryoshka: Modern Moscow Start off by skimming the surface of the Russian metropolis. The best way to move around is the metro – […]

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