Moscow Local Customs

  • Behavior & Superstitions
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  • Behavior & Superstitions
    by Muscovite
  • Behavior & Superstitions
    by Muscovite

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  • 1. Behavior & Superstitions

    To find out about visa formalities just contact the Russian embassy in your country Australia 78 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, ACT 2603 (+612) 6295-9033 France 40-50, Boulevard Lannes, 75116...

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  • 2. Eating & Drinking

    Being an ‘Old Russian’, I still remember the days when eating, drinking, let alone smoking in the street was considered utterly bad form. I mean, school kids would, of course, snatch an Eskimo (11...

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  • 3. Language

    Here are some words/phrases. Please let me know what other words/phrases I can add. Please keep in mind -- Russian words are below are transliterations, Russian language uses Cyrillic characters --...

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  • 4. Religion

    If you come to Moscow in winter, you have a chance for two Christmases, your own on December 25th, and the Orthodox on January 7th. The tradition is fairly new and had not ousted The New Year...

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  • 5. Theatres/Museums

    This is not a museum public convenience. This toilet is a museum in its own right! Located in the renown GUM store in the Red Square, it will take your breath away – well, literally – with exquisite...

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  • 6. Plunging rouble

    I should have started a financial consultancy, really!I told a VT member heading to Moscow that there was no need to buy roubles in advance because the rate may...

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  • 7. Roadside Stalls

    This probably isn't a specific Moscow thing but I was surprised to note several of these little roadside stalls on the busy, very busy, main road between the...

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  • 8. I Was Surprised To Find This Guy Still Here!

    Where Josef Stalin is concerned it is pretty much impossible to find a balanced history of the man who led the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in...

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  • 9. Hitching A Lift

    This is something I noticed several times during my visit where people would stand just before a bus stop, facing the traffic, and make a sort of wavy...

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  • 10. Love It or Hate It? Peter the Great's Statue

    It seems that no modern artist is worth his or her salt unless they can create controversy. This statue by the Georgian-born, Zurab Tseretli certainly stirred...

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  • 11. I Thought They Were Revolting Russians!

    OK This is just an excuse to use the pic but when I came across these guys on a corner of the square in front of the Kremlin I thought they were demonstrating...

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  • 12. Finding A Public Toilet

    I was interested to read that a common concern with visitors to Moscow was the lack of public toilet facilities - well, actually the word restroom was more...

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  • 13. Keeping The City Clean - Part #2

    Following on from my previous tip regarding the large-scale street cleaning around the city centre I also noticed the large numbers of manual-labouring cleaners...

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  • 14. Keeping The Dust Down In Summer...

    One thing that was immediately striking about Moscow is how clean the streets, pavements and public spaces are, certainly centrally. Despite being a busy, busy...

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  • 15. Finding Your Way Around

    Central Moscow, the area around the Kremlin, is where most of the main tourist sights and attractions are. The area is perfectly walkable and there are several...

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  • 16. Your Holmes is our Holmes

    This gentleman received his OBE as the best Sherlock Holmes of all times. There should have been the two of them, I suppose, but Watson died in 2002. You may...

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  • 17. Cards and cash

    Remember the post-apocalyptic ‘The Postman’ with Kevin Costner, when he still had his own hair? That’s how we’ll have it pretty soon, with foreign authorities...

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  • 18. Foreign banks in Moscow

    If you have cards with these banks and find their ATMs, you may escape ‘alien bank’ commission. These are just those I can recall offhand; you can contact your...

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  • 19. The Moscow Coat of Arms

    We are no different from many other European cities here, having chosen St. George as Moscow’s patron saint.There’s some logic, too: Prince Yuri the Long-Armed,...

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  • 20. El edificio más alto/ The tallest building

    Con un curioso sentido del humor decían que era el edificio más alto de Moscú , pues desde sus sótanos se divisaba perfectamente Siberia . Este edificio estaba...

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  • 21. Cúpulas de cebolla - Onion Domes

    A mi las cúpulas de cebolla o de bulbo son una de las cosas que me gustan y que me llaman la atención en Rusia Tiene forma semiesférica , completamente lisa sin...

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  • 22. Huevos de Pascua / Easter eggs

    Los huevos de Pascua se han convertido en uno de los recuerdos típicos de Rusia Se regalaba en Pascua un huevo pintado y se felicitaban deseándose larga vida y...

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  • 23. Matrioska

    Las matrioskas de origen posiblemente Japonés , nacieron como un juguete que se ha convertido en el símbolo de Rusia y de su cultura.El nombre procede de...

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  • 24. Fireworks in Moscow

    As far as I know, grand-scale ‘official’ fireworks only happen three times a year in Moscow:1) May 9, the Victory Day2) February 23, former the Soviet Army Day,...

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  • 25. May 9th, the Victory Day

    I guess it’s common knowledge by now that May 8th Victory in Europe, WWII, falls on May 9th here because of the time difference.My point was to prove that May...

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