Student Observations

What’s it like to be a student abroad? What will you see that will interest you, surprise you, or possibly even shock you? The resources listed here are all those written by SRAS students as firsthand accounts of witnessing foreign traditions in their native environs. For more on SRAS programs visit SRAS.org

Banyas in Bishkek – Cultural Experience

Banya (a washing house) has remained a part of the Russian culture since ancient times, carrying all sorts of traditionally obtained meanings including religious, symbolic and medicinal. The banya was officially endorsed by the Soviets as a health facility and its use spread throughout Eurasia. It remains popular for health and recreation throughout the post-Soviet […]

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