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~SunFlower~
Jun 7th, 2002, 04:15 AM
I am seriously thinking of travelling in Russia in one or two years. I have started doing some research of what things, tips, cautions I should know about while travelling in Russia. It sound a bit scary! It can be a lot of fun too.

Anyone who lives in Russia can tell me which great places to visit. I am told that St. Petersburg is the most beautiful place to see but what other places that are beautiful too? In my mind, Russia is the first country I want to travel. Boy, I want to learn everything about Russia.. culture, and stuff!. Plus, perhaps meet the Russian babe (like Russian Rocket Safin! ;) ) of my dreams, lol! Just kidding. And perhaps see the place where Maria Sharapova used to live! And some tennis clubs too! :)

I know a tourist visa is required to get there. It can be pain in the neck! :rolleyes:

Much appreciated if anyone can give me some advice! :wavey:

I have a lot of work to do anyway, going to library nearby and get some books about Russia! :angel:

the cat
Jun 7th, 2002, 02:53 PM
Do it in the summertime! :bounce: I'm sure that's the best time to visit your favorite players (Maria Sharapova) homeland! ;)

And Sharky, please beware of Siberian Tigers! :eek: They are the largest and most powerful of all the big cats! :)

Cassius
Jun 7th, 2002, 10:21 PM
SHARKY, whatever you do, wrap up warm:).
Espescially if you go in winter.

I'm thinking of going in a few years, after college.
I saw a program on Russia a couple of days ago, the program was called 'Loney Planet' and it was on Discovery Travel chanel or whatever its called.
It is a kind of holiday program with a differance. They show countries that most people wouldn't think of visiting eg. Russia, Uzbekistan, Kirgistan, Sri Lanka etc.

Anyway it said the best place to go is the Moscow Kremlin and all the wonderful buildings around there.
The 'onion' domes on top of the buildings were quite cool looking. It showed Lenin in his tomb thing and it said he'll probably be buried sooner rather than later.

The people of St. Petersburg seemed very wierd. It showed aload of them 'sunbathing' in the freezing cold wearing only their underwear. WIERD.
The St. Petersburg police seemed a bit hostile towards the presenter. One police officer even tried to arrest him for crossing the road. Is crossing the road illegal in Russia or something?

Anyway SHARKY, my advice is: Learn the basics of the Russian language, and wear warm clothes.

Jordan.
Jun 8th, 2002, 04:09 AM
I just want say I am going Russia next year for Foreign Exchange Student Program! :D

fresh2flash
Jun 8th, 2002, 05:40 AM
Welcome to all :)
St.Pete is alwais worthy to visit. Moscow too. But I prefer little towns of the so called Golden Ring of Russia - Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Rostov the Great (which actually is a very small town), Tver and some others. In summer it`s usually warm, so extra clothes are not needed :)

ys
Jun 8th, 2002, 09:00 AM
Cassius, are you trying to teach a Canadian a thing about cold?

Moscow in summer is almost perfect. Weather is comfortable, and you can have plenty of everything - arts, nightlife, sightseeing.. Only problem could be that it won't be that easy to find a place to swim, if you'd want to.. S-P is more historical, but climate-wise could remind you more of your BC.

Plus, perhaps meet the Russian babe (like Russian Rocket Safin! ) of my dreams, lol! Just kidding.

That'd be easy..:)


perhaps see the place where Maria Sharapova used to live!

That could be a problem, both Siberia and Black Sea are somewhat quite far away from Moscow or S-P.

I know a tourist visa is required to get there.

You never know what is going to happen in one or two years. Russian approach to visa issuing is symmetrical. The subject of Russian admission to a club of countries whose citizens are allowed to visit US or Canada without visa was already touched a coupleo of times at summits. If it happens you won't need visa to enter Russia too..

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 8th, 2002, 09:07 AM
Cassius ...summers are actually alot better/warmer than in UK.

if you do get a chance take the Trans-Siberian Railway ;)

St Petersburg is my fav city too.

and if you get a chance, go and visit Kazan, its beautiful, its around 800km east of Moscow

And best time to go is from May-Sep

ys
Jun 8th, 2002, 09:10 AM
if you do get a chance take the Trans-Siberian Railway

LOL. You'll learn how to drink vodka continually 7x24..

fresh2flash
Jun 8th, 2002, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by ys


LOL. You'll learn how to drink vodka continually 7x24..

That skill is alwais useful

tenn_ace
Jun 8th, 2002, 12:29 PM
May (middle to end)-June(beginning to middle) is my favourite time.

the cat
Jun 8th, 2002, 01:35 PM
I knew Cassius would "get it" for his comments about how cold Russia's weather is! :eek:

Sharky is a Molson girl! ;) Not a Vodka girl! :kiss:

Sharky, that's got to be an expensive trip! :eek: Are you going to rob the bank where you work? ;) :D :bounce: :kiss:

Cassius
Jun 8th, 2002, 05:13 PM
Hey, lighten up everybody. My comment about the cold was a joke.
There were only 3 possible jokes I could make about Russia. Something to do with cold, vodka or communism.
I decided to leave communism well alone and as I don't like vodka, I went for the cold.

EGGY, is the Trans-Siberian Railway the big one that goes from Moscow to Vladivostok? How long would it take to travel the full distance?
Some of the stations in Moscow are very beautiful. When it showed from inside the station, I didn't believe it. I thought it must be a museum or something, but then it went to the platform.

ys
Jun 8th, 2002, 06:54 PM
How long would it take to travel the full distance?

Over a week in time, at least half a case in vodka.

Jordan.
Jun 8th, 2002, 11:06 PM
Eggy,can I live with you? :)

the cat
Jun 9th, 2002, 12:07 AM
Yes Jordan, you can live with Eggy! :D But I hope you know Eggy lives in England! :eek:

salima
Jul 8th, 2002, 08:04 AM
Don`t be afraid Sharky. If you are form a western country, you probably have got a negative impression of Russia and Russians from TV/press....you know. When I was a child my family sometimes housed Russian guest, and i got to know them as friendly, well behaved and humble, and not as we learned at scool where we where told that russians are suspicious, dangerous and probably trying to cheeting you. In Russia as everywhere it must be most people are friendly.
I have one suggestion for you, if you don`t speak russian, try to learn a bit before you go.