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Depending upon where you go or what services you need you may get the tourist price.
This is especially true of taxi's and restaurants
Unique Suggestions: ALWAYS negotiate with taxi drivers.
In restaurants you may not have a choice.
Fun Alternatives: Use busses and/or gazelles most of the time.
Go to restaurants with Russian friends.
Written Apr 2, 2005
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During cold weather it is best to wear layers of clothes. If you are too warm or too cold you can add or remove clothes as necessary. You should have something warm for your head, gloves and perhaps a sweater and coat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Although I brought medical item with me, I was able to find most of these in the mall. Items such as immodium, asprin, etc but you would need to learn the alphabet - for example, immodium is spelled the same but in the cyrillic aplhabet.
Fortunately :-) I didn't need the Immodium!
Photo Equipment: A digital camera is suggested and perhaps a video camera. You can bring a film based camera as developing is available in the city. Have your photos developed before leaving Russia, in the event they are bad photos, as you will not have the opportunity to take them again once you leave.
Miscellaneous: LEARN THE ALPHABET! it is not too difficult. As an example I have included a photo of the sign from the front of the hotel where I stayed. It translates, letter-per-letter, as "Turist Otel". Not too difficult, right? "Tourist Hotel" the "b" at the end of "Otelb" is silent, it preserves the hard consonant sound of the preceeding "l".
Updated Apr 8, 2005