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I am sure that some of the posts are well meaning but most are also based on rumors or very outdated info. If I had read only the warnings without knowing better I would never have moved to St...
Friend of mine just told me something scary. After going around Russia and St Petersburg, my friend said her fellow tourist went to take a pictures and found instead of her Canon powershot hanging...
Please NEVER-EVER-WHATSOEVER drink tap water while in Russia. The main ground is that you don't have a degree on Chemistry and even if you do, I'm sure you don't have your pocket hot lab when on the...
Traffic in Russia is a nightmare. It looks like nobody really cares about speed limits or traffic rules. Cars drive at almost full speed in the city centre, especially on the multi-lane...
Besides the risk from a pickpocket you could just lose -- or have stolen -- your credit cards.
As with pickpockets, fast discovery and reporting of the crime can prevent more loss and headaches.
The cheating cabbies have two settings on their meter. One is for normal behaviour, the other setting they use to prove that where ever you go, taxi drivers are not to be trusted. It makes the meter...
Russia does not use 911 calling, but the emergency numbers are fairly simple.
For fire or accidents - 01
For Police call - 02
Ambulance - 03
Police hotline for foreigners 278-30-18
This is not really a warning, but rather an enigma to us.
Well, it used to be thanks to Elena_N who unravelled this mystery for us:
It is a sign which is meant to inform other traffic users that...
Busses often dont have what number bus stops at what stop. Its best to ask people standing in bus ques. Thats IF you speak Russian because almost surly they wont.
I found a #150 bus even my host had...
As all large cities St Petersburg has loads of traffic, so use the crossings , believe me the green man will come on. The Metro gets very crowded, watch out for pickpockets. Saturday and Sunday seems...
Money Exchange we thought we should change some US dollars before heading to the bazaar . We change $100.00 for Rouples...cost 200 Rouples to do it....no...
I found this from my archive and I can read Russian, so this is the statue of Nikolai Gogol. Gogol was an Ukrainian-born Russian novelist and short story writer...
I had been told that bank notes must be clean, no writing or marks. I noticed that when i spent one , the corners would be straightened, so when i damaged a...
While the new autocracy is assuming control, Russia as a nation is ailing. It seems absolutely inconceivable that the life expectancy for men in Russia today is...
DRINKING VODKA About 3,500 people die every month from alcohol poisoning in Russia,minimum 30,000 a year and compared to the US it's only a few hundreddeaths...
In every tourist attraction in St. Petersburg there are two sets of prices: one for Russians, according to their income. And one for tourists, according to our...
More of an annoyance than a danger, but there's no escaping mosquitoes during the summer period. This is no surprise when you consider that St Petersburg was...
Not really a danger but to be aware that the air quality in St Petersburg is not very good near the roads. I ended up coughing quite a lot awful getting a...
Quick word of warning if you use a credit or debit card from your home bank to take money out at cashpoints: If the machine says that it couldn't complete the...
Although these have become considerably milder in recent years, you will still get days with temperatures below -20 degrees Celcius. And if we add to this the...
If you misbehave yourself while visiting St. Petersburg, they will put you in a cage on the street.Just kidding! This is a receptacle for storing melons, or at...
I happen to love dogs, but if you are the kind of person who doesn't, watch out! There are cats and dogs all over this city! Some appeared to have collars and...
You will need them!!! though many people speak Englsih there it is good to be able to read the street names and signs etc.
Here is another picture I took of a street person. I found this one kind of touching. The woman appeared pretty pathetic and in poor shape, but at least she had...
Just like any big city, St.Petersburg has it's share of street people. I didn't have any troubles with the ones I encountered, but I have been told to watch...
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