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shmerin91



Joined: 07 Aug 2013
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Location: St Petersburg, Russia

PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:24 am    Post subject: St Petersburg lifestyle questions Reply with quote

Hey everyone!
So I've accepted a job in St Petersburg for September and will be making the move in a few weeks, and having spent hours combing the internet I still have some unanswered questions I'm hoping you can help me with.

1. My school doesn't provide flats, but they will be providing assistance in finding something, which basically involves me telling them roughly what I want, how much and where, them searching and compiling a shortlist, and then guiding me around on arrival to pick one. I know I want a tiny cheap(ish) flat alone and I'm not fussed about being in the centre as long as I'm within comfortable reach of a metro, but I have no idea about the various districts of the city and I can't find much to help online.
So, I'm 25, from Melbourne, Australia, and as you may imagine into all things cultural/intellectual/foodie/bohemian. I'd be inclined to opt for a bohemian/student kinda area I think? But I have no idea where this would be. Please help!
Also, is it standard to have an oven in an apartment or do I need to actively look for that? I lived most recently in southern Spain where working ovens were few and far between, but I can't see myself getting through a Russian winter without regular baking!


2. Exercise. And exercise gear.
I've never been a big one for sports and exercise but in the last couple of years I've taken up yoga to deal with a back injury, and I wanna get back into running. Can I do yoga classes in English in St Petersburg? Preferably ashtanga rather than iyengar but I'll take what I can get.
I also need to buy new running shoes, as I've been travelling for a couple of months and haven't brought any with me. Are they crazy expensive in Russia? Would I be better off buying them in Spain on my way over?

Thanks!
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Spasibo



Joined: 02 Dec 2015
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure who is in St Petersburg on this forum at the moment. Perhaps try other avenues. Good luck mate.
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shmerin91



Joined: 07 Aug 2013
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Location: St Petersburg, Russia

PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: ashtanga yoga in english Reply with quote

Well I've partially answered my own question - if anyone else is interested, these guys just got back to me and confirmed that all their teachers speak English http://yoga-shala.ru/english/
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Naponroy



Joined: 14 Sep 2005
Posts: 6
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:25 am    Post subject: Re: St Petersburg lifestyle questions Reply with quote

You're here then, how'd it work out?
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maw



Joined: 26 Feb 2006
Posts: 38

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How are you liking St Petersburg. Im hoping to get there and have an interview in a couple of days. Can you give me an idea of pay rates as I'm sure they will ask me my expectations on that.
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09Turner



Joined: 07 Aug 2016
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm looking at Peter as well, give us a report!
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maw



Joined: 26 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a Skype interview last night. It seemed to go ok but will know more in a couple of days.
Language Link are looking for teachers if you're interested. They have 4 schools in the area.
Why are you choosing St Petersburg
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09Turner



Joined: 07 Aug 2016
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Petersburg is beautiful, and I can take the cold. I think.

What kind of school is language link? Adult business? Kids?
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maw



Joined: 26 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They have all the variations of classes.
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dolfin16



Joined: 10 Dec 2016
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any further updates on St. P? Quality of life, teaching, social life, food? Surviving on your salary?
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09Turner



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much money does it take to reasonably impress the local women in Peter?
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
Posts: 11505
Location: On a Short Leash

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

St Petersburg justifiably considers itself pretty sophisticated and its women are by no means desperate for a foreigner who can occasionally afford a decent meal out and a bouquet. Don't expect to impress on a shoestring budget, which is what a newcomer with basic quals will earn.
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