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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Written Jan 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Russia:

    Police (until 2012): 02
    Ambulance (until 2012): 03
    Fire (until 2012) 01
    Gas leaks: 04

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    Few words in Russian

    by ealgisi Updated Mar 12, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Below few words in Russian that you can use while visiting Russia.

    Good morning: Dobraye Utra
    Good day: DObryi den'
    Zdravstvuyte: Dobriy vechir (it's a kind of universal greeting, you can use it 24 hours a day, though only once per day to the same person. formal.)
    Good night: Spakoynay nochi
    Hi: PrivyEt (informal)
    Good bye: Da svidanya
    Bye: Pakka
    Please: Pazhalusta (also used for saying "you are welcome")
    Thanks: Spasseeba
    I'm sorry / excuse me: Prashu prashcheniya
    I'm sorry / excuse me: Izvineetye (less informal)
    Yes: Da
    No: Nyet
    How are you?: Kak dela?
    Fine: Kharasho
    What is your name?: Kak Vas zavoot?

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    Pictures not allowed / Pay to take pictures

    by ealgisi Written Mar 5, 2009

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    Favorite thing: While traveling in Russia, please note:

    In some places, shopping centers, souvenir places etc... pictutes are absolutely not allowed at all and you will find some advertising at the entrance of the place too.

    It can also happen, for example in churches or little museums, that you will be asked for additional money to take pictures.
    What happened to me for exemples i was asked to pay 100 Rubles to take pictures inside a museum.
    Well to be honest 100 Rubles don't change my life at all if you think how much they are in your country so i gave them.
    Same experience into a church, i was asked to give an offer to take pictures, but it was worth, the Orthodox churches are really beautiful.

    On the other side, in another church the lady didn't ask me for money, but anyway i gave an offer, just to be polite.

    This is just to remember you to be polite, and always ask if you can take pictures before taking them.

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    Russian alphabet

    by ealgisi Written Mar 5, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Russian alphabet, also known as the Cyrillic alphabet, was devised by a Greek monk St. Cyril in the 9th century. The alphabet consists of 33 letters, some of which were borrowed from Greek and Hebrew.

    You will find it relatively easy to get started with the Cyrillic alphabet because many letters remind those in English. There are six exact sound and look-alikes (A, E, K, M, O, T).

    The best way to sourvive in Russia is, beside talking a little bit of Russian, knowing the alphabet. Many things are still written only in Russian, specially if you travel outside touristic cities, so i would really suggest to learn it, in order to understand what is written there, and not to get lost.

    To do that, i suggest those 2 links below, they have really good explanations.

    http://masterrussian.com/russian_alphabet.shtml
    http://masterrussian.com/blalphabet.shtml

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