POLIN: Cutting Edge History in Poland

A perfect weekend for me almost always includes a visit to an art gallery, history museum, or a traveling exhibit of some sort. However, trying to drag my family and most friends to museums is next to impossible. Encouraging young adults, adolescents, and elementary children to visit museums and galleries is exhausting, and more than […]

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Kunstkamera: “Medical Art”

The Kunstkamera is a distinctive blue building set along the Nevsky on Vasilievskiy Island. Among its many claims to fame, the most prominent is that the Kunstkamera was the first museum created for the public in Petersburg; it was established by Peter the Great to house his collection of curiosities. Peter the Great was a […]

History and Art Off the Beaten Path in Warsaw

Most foreigners in Warsaw tend to the stick to the center of the city and Old Town, with some maybe venturing as far as the Praga district. Being that these areas are mostly discovered and easy to tour — along with being packed with tourists and locals — I decided to start taking trams to […]

Museum of Erotica in St. Petersburg

Tired of the same old tourist itineraries?  Or are you (un)fortunate enough to be an insomniac in St. Petersburg? Well, lucky for you, the Museum of Erotica is open 24 hours a day and is located right in the center of Piter! One large wall greets visitors with the infamous quote, «У нас в СССР […]

Vladivostok Fortress Museum

Scattered across Vladivostok’s coastal slopes in quite a few places one can see the metal and concrete remains of the old coastal batteries built to defend the city in years past. Most of the emplacements are just curios–disused relics that add a little extra spice to an already flavorful city. But near the old city center, […]

Wilanów Palace in Warsaw

When I lived in Warsaw, a friend visited who had spent the summer doing archaeological digs around Italy.  So what could be the oldest and most beautiful Polish place I could take her to rival ancient Roman artifacts?  Wilanów Palace, Poland’s only remaining Baroque residence. The palace houses a museum and boasts an elaborate garden […]

Warsaw Uprising Mound

Warsaw Uprising Mound / Kopiec Powstania Warszawskiego Located in Park Akcji „Burza” in Czerniaków (Mokotów district) Open to the public 24/7 This week the weather was finally nice enough that I decided to walk to the end of the long street that my dorm is on and explore the area a little. The trees in […]

Łazienki Park and the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw

The name “Łazienki Park” literally translates into English as “the Bath’s Park” but is often referred to as the Royal Baths Park, since the land once belonged to the last Polish King Stanisław II August and was transformed into a park and gardens under his direction. Historically, the park began as a forest to the […]

History Meeting House in Warsaw

After attending a lecture at Collegium Civitas (CC) on the topic of the First World War (in a class entitled “The History of Central Europe”), I thought a visit to the History Meeting House’s two current temporary exhibits on the subject would be an appropriate way to spend the afternoon. The History Meeting House (HMH) […]

Abandoned Underground Tunnels of Vladivostok

Vladivostok is not unique in being home to a large number of abandoned structures (заброшенные структуры) with deep and often unique historical roots. When the Soviet Union fell, many buildings and projects became unneeded or lost funding and were then sold or simply left to their own devices. The result was often ruinous for the […]

Tokarevski Lighthouse in Vladivostok

Tokarevski Lighthouse/Токаревский марк Мыс Токаревского Cost: $5-10 (includes roundtrip transportation and food; destination itself is free) “All I know about Russia is that it’s very cold.” This frequently encountered profession of ignorance, will wear anyone out after a while. I was hardly surprised, then, to note the reaction of my Russian fellow-passenger in response to […]

The Motherland Calls Statue in Volgograd May Collapse into the Volga

The iconic monument on Volgograd’s Mamayev Kurgan Hill is in need of some serious care. Valentina Klyushina, curator of The Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad memorial complex, of which the statue is a part, said that The Motherland Calls statue needs serious help. According to Klyushina, Nikolai Nikitin, the lead designer of the monument, […]

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