Petrozavodsk, what a peaceful and comfortable city. I enjoy every bit of life here.
Every morning I walk for half an hour from home to the university. It seems to be a long walk but it’s too pleasant to walk around the city with sunshine, although the transport is quite affordable and convenient. The university is in the very center of the city, and thus there are many buses or trolleybuses which pass by the university. Basically, you could get to everywhere from the university very conveniently. Between the two classes, I have a short break and normally I get some bread or a burger (it seems that burger king is very popular in Russia) to fill my stomach. There are quite a few choices of restaurants near the university. One that I would recommend is called Дежавю. The food there is in reasonable price and of excellent quality. My friend Jacob from Norway really likes it and has spent some mornings having breakfast and reading books at that restaurant. After classes, I often walk around the lake Onega and enjoy the fresh air. When I get tired, I sit on a bench and read anything, with a great view of the lake in front of me. This is simply amazing!
In my opinion, Petrozavodsk is a good spot to study Russian. It is a very safe and peaceful city, without distractions from study, and it takes only one night to go to the beautiful Saint-Petersburg by train. It is totally possible to spend a weekend in Saint-Petersburg and come back for classes during weekdays.
I was super lucky to have met very nice Russian friends here, who have brought me to the old town named Pskov. It has much longer history than Saint-Petersburg or Petrozavodsk, and there were old buildings with few hundred years of history all over the town. There were 49 temples in one single town and one big Kremlin. The stunning views of the city were simply amazing.