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    Station Frunzenskaya closed

    by Muscovite Written Jan 27, 2016

    One of my favourite metro stations – Frunzenskaya is under reconstruction until the next year (hopefully). I like Frunzenskaya because 1) it is never crowded; 2) there are many inexpensive cafés around, and a vegetable market on weekends.

    To substitute for the metro service the transport authority provides bus between Sportivnaya and Park Kultury with a stop at Frunzenskaya, and it’s free – awfully nice of them. Here is the plan where to catch the bus.

    Important: though the station is closed, the red metro line functions without any interruption, the train just passes by.
    In case you have questons, the site of the Moscow Metro is below

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    Moscow theatres going nuts

    by Muscovite Written Dec 17, 2014

    Literally!
    Like many other Russians I am staying at home for these Christams holidays, and I checked up a few Moscow theatres in search of a decent and affordable entertainment.
    What do you think? They all have only one piece on their bills: 'The Nutcracker'!
    Not that I mind the famous Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet.
    But 8 (eight!) 'Crackers' within a week - that's way too much...

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    Long, long holidays

    by Muscovite Written Dec 1, 2014

    This photo was made in summer, but it is quite possible the Red Square will be just as crowded at Christmas.
    Keep in mind, we have long holidays January 1 -11, and in all probability all those people who used to be off to Courchevel and the like, will now stay at home.
    On the other hand, good chance to rub shoulders with the locals - literally, if you take the metro

    Crowded!
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    Don't Get Confused By The "M"'s

    by johngayton Written Nov 26, 2014

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    OK This isn't really a serious warning or danger, but rather an observation.

    I was doing my random wandering bit when I noticed the red "M" sign in pic #1 and at first thought it was a direction sign to the Metro. It was only after I'd read it that I realised that it is in fact a sign for the Moscow Bank.

    Just something to maybe note. The Metro signage is a much sharper "M" as per pic #2.

    Also don't get confused by the MacDonalds signage - that's a yellow "M" on a red background - pic #3 ;-)

    Moscow Bank Moscow Metro Moscow MacDonalds
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  • No problem during daytime

    by maurikz Written Sep 26, 2014

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    There is no problem during day time, people don´t pay atention to tourist and is not dangerous at all, also outside the center.
    By the night it can be more dangerous because some streets have no lights and people get drunk very quicly.

    Also with the police and documents nothing happens

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    Aeroexpress to Domodedovo

    by Muscovite Written Sep 5, 2014

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    I had switched to Aeroexpress train after having waited for an hour for the booked taxi to come.
    Now I guess I’ll switch back!

    I only was in the Domodedovo airport once with Brussels airlines, and it was not a very good experience. Maybe it was my bad luck, but everything looked shabby and inconvenient.

    If you have a small bag, it may be OK, but with a material suitcase keep in mind that on your way from Paveletskaya metro station to Aeroexpress terminal you’ve got to go down two flights of stairs, and then go up two more.

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    Aeroexpress to Sheremetyevo

    by Muscovite Written Sep 5, 2014

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    Although Aeroexpress train is a good alternative to taxi or hired vehicle with the view of costs and traffic jams, there is a hint or two to be concerned about.

    The last time I was at Sheremetievo the aeroexpress arrived more than 1 hour before the departure. What do you think? - I very nearly missed the flight!

    First, 10 - 15 min waiting to get from the train deck into the airport through the thick crowd of other passengers.
    Then 10 - 15 minutes safety control - queue again.
    No less than 10 minutes to terminal D - very brisk walk
    Last, about 20 minutes standing in line to the registration desk - I got there exactly 1 minute before it closed.
    But it turned out for the better: the good old Aeroflot gave me a business class seat, with all the fancy stuff for lunch :))))

    Check the site below for current timetables, sometimes they change.

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    McDonald's on exit

    by Muscovite Written Aug 20, 2014

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    Looks like McDonald's may be on the way out of the country.

    I've just heard in the news that four Moscow cafes got shut of the Food Regulator Agency, others may well follow.
    Their Russian site is already functioning in a very queer way...

    To be or not to be?..
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    Aeroexpress – warning for low-mobility groups

    by Muscovite Written May 30, 2014

    Aeroexpress has just come out with the news that they have major renovation works at Belorussian railway station (that’s to / from Sheremetyevo airport).
    This means in plain English that you may have to climb up or down two or three flights of stairs with your suitcase in your hands. Really nasty!

    No such thing here!
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    No climate, just bad weather

    by Muscovite Updated Apr 1, 2014

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    It’s mid-April 2011, for God’s sake, and it snows cats and dogs!
    And atmospheric pressure 713 mm, all-time record.
    No wonder Yuri Gagarin chose to seek escape in space 50 years ago this day.

    It's a trend!
    - Same weather April 2014. Talk about global warming...

    That's what I see from my window Bedroom community in winter sleep
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    New Russian Toilet

    by Muscovite Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    Some three – four years ago the city authorities promised to introduce a ‘new generation’ public toilet -et voilà! They were immediately nicknamed ‘golden toilets’ – because of their dull yellow colour, but much more because of the huge public investment– a good billion roubles!

    This solid structure can frighten away any vandal, and a needy Muscovite, too. I have seen these new ‘double-room’ public toilets next to metro stations, in parks and gardens, but I have never ever seen anyone getting in or out, not even approaching them. Russians prefer personal service and regard anything automatic with suspicion. What indeed, if this self-opening door would actually keep closed, for you to spend the night there? Your mobile will be of no use with these thick iron walls!

    However, just the other day I walked along the Maiden Field boulevard – a nice quiet place, just off the busy Garden Ring. The mighty cubicle stands there, right in the middle. And I saw someone’s receipt left hanging out of the payment machine.

    The procedure is pretty complicated – first you buy the entrance card, the fare depends on entrance numbers:
    1 entrance – 40 roubles
    2 entrances – 60 roubles
    3 entrances – 90 roubles
    4 entrances – 150 roubles
    Note: you can only pay with 10 roubles’ coins!
    Then you press the card against the validator and get in. ten minutes later you are supposed to be out. Hopefully.
    The ‘nature castle’ speaks English, too – they say...

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    Moveable feasts

    by Muscovite Written May 5, 2012

    No wonder Old Hem was so popular in the old Soviet Union, you will hardly ever bump into a ‘moveable feast’ elsewhere, while here they come in legions!

    Watch this:
    May 1, the Labour Day, is a holiday
    May 9, the Victory Day, is a holiday
    Saturdays and Sundays are days-off
    Question: when do approach an office in Russia not to see a closed door in front of your nose?

    Simple! You move days-off before and after, so that folks could go to their ‘dachas’ in the country, and see what you’ve got!

    Good to know your dates before you set out for a trip.

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    ALWAYS CARRY ADEQUATE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    by DennyP Written Dec 24, 2011

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    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    .. One of the first things that I organise when getting ready for a trip is " Travel Insurance" I usually include a few different clauses that obviously cost a little extra but I feel well worth the cost. The main one is the medical side ..in case of accident for doctor and Hospital cover or the worst scenario being repatriation. I make sure that this is included as I have seen some travellers foolishly with many medical problems of cost etc created by an accident, just a simple accident created by too much alcohol.
    Obviously depending where your travels take you the costs of the insurance vary. Usually medical costs are horrendous and sometimes the medical and hospital services are just not there. Also not only medical if you are visiting dangerous areas they automatically create larger costs for your insurance. I am not a thrill seeker and don't jump off bridges or out of aeroplanes ,and try and keep my costs to a minimum. I also travel budget and understand that a lot of travellers say that they cannot afford travel insurance..
    I also know what its like to be robbed and in a foriegn place with little money on hand.
    As the say: DONT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT.

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    Days of going wild

    by Muscovite Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    ‘Days of’ should really be ‘days off’ for anyone who is not into mass folly.

    We have ‘Days of’ for practically any trade and profession – doctors, postmen, sailors and even us, linguists. May 27, for example, is the Day of Librarians, while May 28 is the Day of Border Guards. Feel the difference?

    Librarians, for some reason, spend their holiday at their working place, quietly and to the readers’ advantage.

    No such nonsense for our brave Border Guards. They would pump themselves with beer and splash all the fountains in the Gorky park and nearby. They think they all look like Anita Ekberg, or what?

    Photo: courtesy http://www.ogoniok.com/5049/7/

    But that’s a modest and quiet holidaying compared with what the place suffers when Airborne Troopers get loose - that’s August 02. Beware.

    Border guards - high jinks without borders
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    stray cat strut

    by MrBill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    That cute little kitten you see on the street may not be very clean. That friendly dog looking for a few hand-outs with his big, begging eyes may be more than hungry. As compelling as showing a little compassion may be, lot's of street animals, left to fend for themselves, can be dirty or worse carrying fleas or other diseases.

    In the worst case, some of these animals have come into direct contact with wild foxes who might be transmitting rabies, espeically in out-lying areas or near parks & riverbanks where wild dogs, cats, rats & foxes may cohabitate.

    Authorities report up to 40.000 stray dogs in the Moscow area alone and they in turn come into contact with other domestic animals and hence their owners or passerbies, too.

    At the very least, unclean dogs & cats may simply be dirty. I had a severe allergic reaction the other day to a kitten I was petting. Although it has a home, he plays on the street and comes into contact with other cats, and I reacted very strongly to his cat dander most likely? In any case, my eye was completely swollen shut the next day and I needed to take anti-histamines for several days until the swelling went down. Now, I am much more careful.

    What to do? If you must, leave food out for that stray you feel so sorry for. However, this will more than likely encourage her to have more offspring that will also live on the streets. It is perhaps better to make a donation to the local SPCA for the sterilization of stray animals. This is very expensive for local authorities to carry out, but much more humane than gathering them up and having them put down.

    Please find below the links for some humane societies which have programs operating in Russia.

    don't pet me please
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