Peace and love
Favorite thing: Don't worry, Tiraspol is a very peaceful city. Nobody's gonna hurt your there. Forget about everything you've heard about Pridnestrovie on media. Just go there, relax and enjoy yourself. And if you don't like it, well, don't blame me. All you read here is just my impression.
Fondest memory: Tiraspol is a town or broad and empty streets. No traffic jam there.
By the way, it's funny that there's no so many cars on the Pridnestrovian side of the border with Ukraine. I guess nobody wants to get out of this lovely place.
New Book on Transdniestr
Favorite thing: Having all in one. Be there at the National Holiday on Sep 2nd. There is a new book on transdniestr. Lots of images, interviews etc..
see at http://www.fischka.com/e_index.html
Fondest memory: The beauty pageant of the Miss PMR in 2005. Funny, hilarious, crazy.
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Registration in Tiraspol
Favorite thing: Registration in Tiraspol for foreign citizens who plan to stay in the country for more than one day must be done within 24 hours from the crossing of the border at the Migration Office situated in the downtown on Kotovskiy street 2/A. They work every day from 9 am till 5 pm, lunch time from 12 am till 1 pm, except Saturdays and Sundays.
You may make your registration at the Police office of the city at Roza Luxemburg, 66 street if came in days or hours-off of the Migration office, but it is requested that you reconfirm your registration at the Migration Office next day.
Crossing the border
Favorite thing: You need to be careful when entering Transdniestr. I had a problem at the border when going from Ukraine and need to pay an illegal fine (20 British pounds). I was told than non-Moldavian citizens cannot go through Transdniestr. It is better to leave higher amount of money at the hotel in Chisinau and go without little money.
I crossed the border with Transdniestr three times. For the first time (from Ukraine) I payed 20 pounds. For the second and third only the cost of entering which is 6,50 lei or 50 US cents. They usually take 1$. No visa required when entering from Moldova. All foreign citizens (including Moldovan ones) have to be registered at the territory of the Transdniestr. Those who go in Transdniestr for a short period of time (one day + one night) may get their registration directly at the border. You should get off at the last checkpoint on the border and go to the Migration office for a little paper which is checked on reentering Moldova. For staying in Transdniestr longer than you have to be registered with the police.
Go to the 'Dom Sovietov'...
Favorite thing: Go to the 'Dom Sovietov' (House of the Soviets), the best kept building in town with the inevitable Lenin statue in front of it. Opposite you find a building on which is written 'Druzhba' (Friendship). On it two huge Soviet style logos with the text 'tsentr ekonomicheskykh problem' (centre of the economical problems) on it. It is exactly that! A strange sorts of unintentional humour indeed!
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Crossing into "No-man" land..
Fondest memory: Crossing the Dniestr river and the Republic of Transdniestria border. Transdniestria broke away from Molodva in 1992 during an armed cnflict which resulted in 1000 deaths.
So now Russian armed forces are in Transdniestria to keep the peace.
In the Old VT, I had an animated GIF file showing a bunch of Russian soldiers at the border crossing as well as their equipment under camoflage cover.
Since the New-VT doesn't allow animated GIF files, I'll post some frames from the video I took.
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