myexchangeinrussia

Studying in St.Petersburg University Of Economics for one semester.

Monthly Archives: March 2017

How To Spent Women’s Day

On 8th of March we decided to do something interesting. It was Women’s Day and we though it would be nice to go to some museum. The first option was to visit Hermitage, but as Women’s Day is considered as very important celebration- everyone has a dayoff and in the museum would be way too much people. Due to that we came up with decision to visit Grand Maket. The ticket costs about 400R, but it is worth it and it is very easy to get there from Nevsky prospekt. Just take metro till Moskovskie Vorota and then by feet like for 10minutes.

Well, in Grand Maket, there is the whole Russia in exact miniature. I mean there you can see trains, cars and car accidents, planes, military soliders, mountains, different achitecture and so on. It is so clearly planned and made that you will be astonished!

So, It is definitely worth seeing!! And btw one cool thing was that the lightning depends on the time: you can see different Russia’s cities in dayand nightlight.

And it is absolutely forbidden to touch anything in miniature!

“Я наказан” literally “I am punished” or something, but that is what happens if you touch miniatures- you ll be forced to stay in a corner.

But anyways, If you have a possibility to visit Grand Maket, do it! It is very interesting, and we were walking there like for 2 hours, because everything was so unseen and cool.

And then of course, cause it was 8th of March, we went to Hugs to celebrate and btw, there was one funny guy. All the girls of our company were sittin and then one random comes from nowhere and puts a card in front of me. Ok, I turned it around and found the text “Massage or Kunilingus” and then the name and phone number. Then I wanted to find out who gave that amazing card, and found out that the random guy has already disappeared. But well, it was funny, and btw right after the situation in the restaurant started song “Call Me Maybe”. Haha so in time. But well, that kind of Women’s Day. A lot of positive emotions. Thank you all, and mainly for the guy who left the message, and of course for the amazing saxophonist!

 

Visit to beer beverage Балтика!

This Monday we had an opportunity to visit Балтика’s beer beverage. Our excursion to the bevarage started at 9.55 from our dormitory. At first we had to take metro to metro station Kupchino (Купчино) and then we switched to the bus. The weather was perfect, which is rare for Petersburg.

The excursion started as soon as we got in and were done with coffee and pictures.

The woman told us all like from the beginning of the beer production till the packaging. But you know, as we r girls we did not actually listen, we preferred to take pictures and look around, for us it was more intertaining than just standing.

Here the beer is getting ready in those turbins. It was very cool to get there, because it felt like we were on cosmos, so colorful and different and a lot of new information for all of us. U know you are used to go to shop and just buy the done product, but it is like we got a possibility to get behind the scenes.

All I understood that this machine puts beer in bottles. And before there is a stage where good bottles are devided from bad ones to make the product’s outlook good.

Hmm, and when we got here, everybody started to scream: “BOTTLEEES!” because we have been walking around seeing all the process of making different beers and now finally we got to the stage of packaging.

Later we saw beer in a different package and selling size, and these are sold to the restaurants and bars.

…..aaaand, a lot of beer again!!

After the excursion we turned to beer tasting. Actually I never liked beer but now I know how to drink it right. So,

1. you have to shake a bit the beer in your glass

2. then smell it and as soon you dont smell it anymore

3. drink it.

It tastes much better, because you are used to the smell and it is actually the thing that many people dont like so at first get rid of the smell and then drink and it is actually good! 😀

The visit was interesting and useful. Thank you Baltika for offering that possibility for us!

Payin The Tuition Fee

Hello sweethearts,

It is such an amazing weather here in St.Petersburg, the spring is coming and many mornings have started by waking up to the bright sunglight.

Well, as I already wrote in the last post, I would like to tell you how did I manage my tuition fee. In rubles it is 65 000 per semester and I was ready to pay it whenever, just waited for the documents. The int.coordinator wrote me, that the deadline for payin the fee is tomorrow, and it was kinda surprise for me. So, the problem was, that I had all the money in euros on my bank card, and the withdraw limit is 9000R and there is always a comission. As the situation was very pressing I decided just to go to int.department to get the “bill” and they said that the bill is done with the information of my Finnish passport and that there is a possibility to pay by card, so there is no need to take Russian passport to the bank and to withdraw money. Well, I came to the Sberbank, and they said that translation from the Finnish passport into Russian is necessary… I was like are you kidding me, but then I went to the dorm to pick Russian passport up and returned to the bank. The bank lady put all the information into their system and I finally got the permission to pay, but then, it became clear, that I cannot pay by my card, as far as I am not a client of the Sberbank. I was like ok, and what am I supposed to do, and then I wen to the ATM and was about to take all the 65 000R, but then I found out that there is a limit for 5000R. What do you think? I stayed for 20minutes at the ATM, and the lady (which was serving me was waiting for me), so I withdraw 13 times money from ATM. And everyone came to ask like “How many times you have left till you get the needed sum?” and the queue behind me was unbelievable. It was kinda stressful. But, then I got the total sum (finally) and paid the tuition fee. Then I got to the int.dep. and they were surprised like why did I need the Russian passport, there was no need for that, the bank employees were just unnecessarily running me around. That all situtation was so stressful, but luckily I managed it well and the fee was paid.

To summarize,

If you are going to Russia, you have to be ready for that kind of situations, that no-one knows anything and that it is more complicated than in Finland e.g. But everything will finally be solved, ok, somehow, but still solved. 🙂

Have a nice day!