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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...

  • 2. 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...

  • 3. 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...

  • 4. 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...

  • 5. 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...

  • 6. Eating Out

    Bliny are flat pancakes which are usually stuffed with different fillings from sweet to sour. Amon them are sour cream, jam, honey, mushrooms, ham, cheese or even fish. They are often eaten for...

  • 7. 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...

  • 8. Monuments

    While I was in St. Petersburg, I witnessed a lot of wedding parties walking around town. Apparently it is a tradition for newly married couples to visit various monuments around town after the wedding...

  • 10. 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,...

  • 11. 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...

  • 12. HOUSING

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

  • 13. 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...

  • 14. 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...

  • 15. 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...

  • 16. Unity Day

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

  • 17. 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...

  • 18. 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...

  • 19. 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...

  • 20. 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...

  • 21. 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...

  • 22. 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...

  • 23. 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...

  • 24. Want to by a pet?

    On more than one occasion, I saw people on Nevsky trying to sell pets. Cats, dogs, snakes - you name it! It kind of made me sad. I hope that these animals will...

  • 25. Want to pet my snake?

    This guy was standing around Palace Square charging people a couple of rubles to pose with his snake. No thank you!

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