Privet! (Greetings!) We’re back from Russia! It’s a HUGE country that stretches from eastern Europe all the way to the easternmost point of the Asian continent. We rode through most of Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway, toured beautiful historic buildings, and heard traditional folk songs along the way.

Scroll down to see photos of our adventures and all the delicious food we tasted!

Sofia and Sam


Quick Pick

Which of these Russian foods would you like to taste?
Baba Yaga's House

Folk tales are stories that have been told through many generations. One character that occurs in many Russian folk tales is an old woman named Baba Yaga. She lives deep in the woods in a house that walks on chicken legs and has a personality of its own.

Fun Facts

Russia is the largest country by land size in the world.

Russia is home to the highest point in Europe, Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains.

One-quarter of Russia's land is in Europe and three-quarters are in Asia.

Print and Play

Russian Instruments

Learn about the instruments played in traditional Russian music.

Belka & Strelka: Space Dogs!

Make a comic about space dogs!

Flag Garland

Color the flag of Russia and make a flag garland.

Pen Pals

Our friend Nadia, who lives in Russia, wrote us a letter!

Russian embroidery

Where in Russia do you live?

I live in Moscow in an apartment with my mom, dad, little sister, and our two cats. I like living in Moscow. It's a big city with lots to do and see, but on summer holiday, our family makes a trip to Sochi for the beaches on the Black Sea. We make sandcastles and play in the water all day.

What do you eat for breakfast?

I usually eat a bowl of grechka, or buckwheat in the morning. It is a healthy grain that is cooked, kind of like oatmeal. I like to put lots of butter on top.

What is your day like?

Most days, my parents drive me and my sister to school. When school is done, my parents are still at work so we go to my babushka’s (grandmother’s) home.

Lately, my babushka has been sewing embroidery to sell at the church’s New Year festival. She is teaching me and my sister how to embroider. I like making things with my hands! New Year's is a big holiday in Russia, and Christmas comes shortly after on January 7th. Most people take time off from work in early January to celebrate and be with family.