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Mixal
May 6th, 2011, 07:38 PM
So, I'll be staying for 20 days in some college dorm. I really have no clue about Moscow, so any kind of tip would be useful.

Is it really expensive there, compared to the rest of Europe? :unsure:

Is it safe there? How frequent are bomb attacks? :tape:

ys
May 6th, 2011, 07:56 PM
I sure know who here has the freshest experience.. :lol:

Crazy Canuck
May 6th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Yes, that would be me. I've been living in Moscow for two months. Relax, it's not a big deal. Moscow is as expensive as you want it to be, but can be perfectly affordable. I've found that I can live off of about 500-700 a month, and I eat out a lot of the time. The key is to take advantage of the great prices you can get at smaller markets and business lunches and other such blah. The point is, there is no need to go poor here. Just because $20 coffee exists doesn't mean that you need to buy it. There is also $2 coffee, just down the street.

As for how safe it is, I have had no problems yet. I mean, I think I saw a dead guy on the weekend, but nobody else seemed concerned so I wasn't either. No bombs, yet.

Mixal
May 6th, 2011, 08:34 PM
I mean, I think I saw a dead guy on the weekend, but nobody else seemed concerned so I wasn't either. No bombs, yet.

:spit:

Well, I'll be staying at the very centre, so I suppose everything is pretty expensive there :shrug:

Except for the food, how are the prices in general- clothes, taxi, clubs...?

Some special, less known places, sights etc. to visit? How are the people? How many of them speak English (yeah, I'm studying Russian :lol:)

Thanks for the info! :D

Crazy Canuck
May 6th, 2011, 08:55 PM
There's an Italian restaurant next to red square where I got chicken penne and a coffee for about 20 bucks. Where I'm from in Canada, that's pretty reasonable. Like anywhere else I've been in Moscow, you can spend a fortune, but don't have to. There are affordable places to eat in the middle, don't worry. MyMy (pronounced "moo-moo") cafe is an okay place to go, and you can find them all over the place. I mean, it's not high class cuisine or whatever, but I don't gather you're looking for fine dining.

Real taxis are expensive, the unofficial ones can be cheap... or they can rip you off. I don't really recommend getting into unmarked vehicles unless you're with somebody that speaks Russian.

Clothes cost more here, but they have affordable shops like H&M and Uniqlo. I shop all the time, and my pay check isn't exactly huge. Shoes can be expensive, though.

The people are sometimes awful, other times awesome. Just like anywhere.

As for how many speak English... not many. If you're going to using the metro, you should know that all of the signs are in Russian. I guess that won't be a problem, since you're studying it.

Mixal
May 6th, 2011, 09:13 PM
There's an Italian restaurant next to red square where I got chicken penne and a coffee for about 20 bucks. Where I'm from in Canada, that's pretty reasonable. Like anywhere else I've been in Moscow, you can spend a fortune, but don't have to. There are affordable places to eat in the middle, don't worry. MyMy (pronounced "moo-moo") cafe is an okay place to go, and you can find them all over the place. I mean, it's not high class cuisine or whatever, but I don't gather you're looking for fine dining.

Well, in my country (Croatia) 20 bucks is way too much for that. For European standards it's on the expensive side too, but I'll survive. They probably have some restaurant on campus there.

If you're going to using the metro, you should know that all of the signs are in Russian. I guess that won't be a problem, since you're studying it.

I guess it won't, although when I see a huge text in Cyrillic, it looks like a bunch of unknown letters until I actually start reading it :lol:

Thank you:worship:

ys
May 6th, 2011, 11:39 PM
But the thread title is correct, I'd be scared of that issue too in Moscow. Public restrooms are something very hard to come by in there.

ys
May 6th, 2011, 11:42 PM
There's an Italian restaurant next to red square where I got chicken penne and a coffee for about 20 bucks. Where I'm from in Canada, that's pretty reasonable.


Wow, reasonable? I see you are really doing well over there.. :lol:


The people are sometimes awful, other times awesome. Just like anywhere.


But not as rarely drunk as elsewhere. And that contributes more on "Awfullness" end, than on "awesomeness" one.

Crazy Canuck
May 7th, 2011, 05:25 AM
The public drunkenness and outdoor drinking was much worse in Korea, so perhaps that's why I've barely noticed it.

Darop.
May 7th, 2011, 10:09 AM
It's somewhat funny that you're studying russian yet "scared to shit" to go to Russia :lol: