Russian street art festival

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Chelyabinsk got an incredible makeover last month! 😊 A non-profit named «Россия — страна возможностей» brought 10 Russian artists to the city, hooked them up with 7500 cans of spray paint, and set them free to create amazing artwork. Here’s … Read More

Designs in Russian architecture

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Behold the панельный дом (panel building)! You’ve probably seen this kind of prefabricated construction a hundred times. These massive buildings are cheap and quick to build… so they’re everywhere. Everywhere! I can’t say they’re the most awesome living spaces ever, … Read More

Chelyabinsk Tractor Factory walk

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A summertime walk through the city… Every big Russian city is divided up into районы (districts) and from the very beginning, my heart was set on exploring Тракторозаводской район, home to Chelyabinsk’s tractor factory. Most people just call the area … Read More

Soviet Chelyabinsk

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мозаика @ Южно-Уральский государственный технический колледж, Yuri Gagarin mosaic at South Ural Technical College Behold the «Завоевание космоса»…“The Conquest of Outer Space”! According to this interview, the mosaic was created in 1976 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Gagarin’s spaceflight. … Read More

4 places to eat in Chelyabinsk

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Winter in the Urals seems like a time to settle for bland food—potatoes, frozen veggies, the occasional imported orange—but nope, the city is actually bursting with dragonfruit, lychee, and locally-grown lettuce. This carries over into the restaurant scene. Meals come … Read More

Snow day(s)

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Welcome to зимняя страна чудес, a winter wonderland. The skies dumped 15 centimeters of snow on us in two days. Here’s what the city looked like before the storm. ↓ On Saturday afternoon, we went out to meet a friend … Read More

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