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  • 1. Traditions and Habits

    I don't want to hurt someone's feelings or sth I just wanted to say what I saw. As regards cashiers, this is a disaster. Not all of them, but so many cashiers in Petersburg are rude! I mean, I live...

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  • 2. Something Special

    Russia has a wide range of local beers. I tried a few different brands and found them all tasty. Among them were Baltika, Tinkoff, Botchkarev and Nevsky. One of the most popular Russian beers is...

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  • 3. Museums

    Women are not allowed to wear high heel shoes in some museums, especially in Hermitage. These destroy the floor material and create quite a noise with the echo of big exhibitions halls. Those with...

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  • 4. Eating Out

    If you are staying anywhere around the Moscow Railway Station on Nevsky Prospekt and your hotel doesn't offer breakfast then these kiosks in the courtyard beside the station make for an ideal, and...

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  • 5. Foreign Languages

    When travelling to Russia be prepared that almost everything is only written in cyrillic letters. Only at airports, a few main train stations and the main sights you will find some English...

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  • 6. Theaters and Concert Halls

    Better known in the west as the Kirov Ballet (the name it received during the Soviet era), this historic theater recently returned to its original designation (which honored Alexander II's wife...

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  • 7. Monuments

    Downtown St Petersburg covers a vast area with its many districts and islands, each of which have their own characteristics. It's therefore difficult to define exactly where the city centre is. Even...

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  • 8. City Parks

    Hi, it was a big swing set in the park between St.Isaac Cathedral and the Peter's I monument, by the embankment and Admiralty. It is very good to play in the Summer garden too. It is 30 min walk with...

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  • 10. HOUSING

    It may come as a bit of a shock if you are coming into St. Petersburg after arriving by Cruise Ship.Our first views were of blocks and blocks of Communist...

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  • 11. The St Petersburg Emblem

    The original version of the St Petersburg emblem was the standard of the St Petersburg Regiment, designed in 1724 by the Count de Santi Fransico. It was adopted...

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  • 12. Hawkers On The Metro

    The St Petersburg Metro is a delight to use. It's cheap, fast, immaculately clean and perfectly safe. The stations are uncluttered, easy to navigate, and are...

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  • 13. Money, Exchange rates, Banks

    The Russian currency is Rouble (RUR) - 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 RUR as banknotes and 1, 2, 5 and 10 RUR as coins. The change coin is Kopeyka - we have 1,...

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  • 14. Toilets

    Never fear... it is unlikely you are ever going to be caught short. There are public loos all over St. Petersburg. You just need some lose coins and you will be...

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  • 15. Visa

    Unfortunately, you still need a visa for travelling to Russia. The most common visa is the tourist visa. If you are on a package tour most formalities are...

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  • 16. Public Toilets

    Unfortunately, you won't find many public toilets (tualet or WC) in the big cities of Russia. Around the main tourists sights there are always a few chemical...

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  • 17. Don't step on the lawn !

    We had a local private guide, a very nice girl of about twenty. She had her own strong opinions about everything, including refusal to turn off her cellphone...

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  • 18. Unity Day

    The BBC reports that on November 4th Russians celebrated "Unity Day.(or National unity day, Russian: День...

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  • 19. Peter The Great

    I just wanted to talk a bit about our great emperor Peter I, since it was his vision and passion that created the city... Born on the 9th of June 1672 (Gemini...

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  • 20. Beautiful Russian Girls

    This is my friend Val, along with Katya and Natalia. Aren't they cute! One real eye-opener for me when I visited Russia is that the women are very...

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  • 21. Gutsy Russians!

    Here's a girl I met on my trip named Mosha. She epitomizes the term "carpe diem!" As we were walking down the street, she suddenly decided to get her tongue...

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  • 22. Svetlana

    I remember hearing in the early '90s about young Russian women trying to meet American men so that they could marry them and move to the United States. I don't...

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  • 23. Propaganda

    Here is an example of some old, soviet-era propaganda posters. I saw these hanging up in a restaurant. They are kistchy and fun, and it's kind of nice to see...

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  • 24. Tea and Cookies

    This is a table set up at a restaurant we visited. Doesn't it look inviting? The waitress was getting ready to serve a large group of people some after-dinner...

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  • 25. No bears in Russia?

    Being naive about a country I had never been to, I believed some pretty silly things I had heard or read about Russia from various sources. Somewhere I had...

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