Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011
Classmates Sarah Cummings ‘11 and Rebecca Perkins '11 ventured to Russia for a week following graduation to enjoy the culture and see the sights.
A Russian area studies major, Perkins studied abroad in St. Petersburg and wanted to introduce Cummings to her Russian friends and the culture. The two started in Moscow where they visited Red Square and enjoyed a tour of The Kremlin before heading to St. Petersburg. There, they visited Peterhof Palace, climbed to the top of St. Isaac's Cathedral and explored its mosaic and marble-filled interior.
Cummings and Perkins marveled at the onion domes of the Church on Spilled Blood built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, and later the place dedicated in his memory. Cummings enjoyed a boat tour through the city's canals as well as a trip to the State Hermitage while Perkins reconnected with Russian friends. They enjoyed traditional home cooked blini, a Russian-style pancake, and Georgian food.
While visiting to food market, the two sampled home-pickled vegetables and witnessed the opening of the bridges on the Neva River to allow boats to pass through. The William Smith alums also traveled to Pushkin, the hometown of one of Russia's greatest poets, Alexandr Pushkin, and strolled through the gardens of the Alexander Palace, commissioned by Catherine the Great in the late-1700s.
"It was a week of eye candy, tasty food, and cultural nourishment," said Perkins.
Cummings graduated with a B.A. as an individual major on China in the global economy, and a minor in art history. She was a member of the William Smith Squash team, and studied abroad in China during her junior year.
Perkins graduated with a B.A. in Russian studies and women's studies. She was president of William Smith Congress, a member of Three Miles Lost a cappella group, in addition to her abroad experience in Russia.