Photo Equipment: Photographic processing facilities are located in shops on the main street of Chisinau (Stefan cel Mare and Puskin), as well as in a variety of stores such as UNIC, Gemini, Green Hills, and Fidesco. There are also several Kodak and Fuji film processing shops that offer one-hour service. The quality is fine but the price is high. It is important for Westerners to know that the negatives are developed first, and that unless the customer requests otherwise and pays for the development of the entire roll ahead, he/she is expected to come back to look through the negatives and decide which frames to have developed. Batteries, film, and camera supplies are equally available at some stores and at Gemini and UNIC.
Miscellaneous: There are several dry cleaners in Chisinau but the quality is not always reliable, due to a shortage in dry cleaning chemicals and most westerners therefore prefer to carry clothing, needing cleaning, out of Chisinau when trips are made to the west. It is recommended that as many non dry-clean-only clothes are brought to Chisinau as possible.
Luggage and bags: Luggage weight is restricted by air to 20 Kg.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Men do not generally wear bright clothing. They seem to want to blend in in dark, solid colors.
Women wear tight and a lot of the time revealing clothing. The women seem to put a lot of thought into what they wear, AND do a good job of it.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always carry toilet paper.
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