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Welcome to the Bloc! Consider this your one-stop-shop for all things Russian. This website was made for Russian learners by a Russian learner with the express intent of encouraging others to learn Russian and travel to Russian-speaking countries. Here, I’ll keep you updated with my experiences traveling through post-Soviet countries, provide you with deep historical and cultural context to enrich your understanding of the regions, and share with you my personal Russian-language learning content!

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Check out my travel guides by region! These comprehensive guides provide all the necessary info you'll need to plan your next trip abroad including country profiles, average travel costs, transportation options, local cuisine, and more!

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Eastern Europe

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Because most of my journey has been uncharted territory for me, I have made sure to take diligent notes along the way so that I can remember everything and also share it with other travelers interested in traveling/studying abroad. Here, I will post blog articles designed to help you make fully informed travel decisions, enhance your foreign language gains, and more! 


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