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Babushkas, the "Strutters", blinis and more

Old Aug 11th, 2009, 05:28 AM
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Hi! I am currently writing my dissertation about Moscow as a tourist destination! I'm really interested in your experience and opinion! Would you mind if I ask some questions? I am available on skype: prettylittleone! will be very grateful for a chat!
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Old Aug 13th, 2009, 06:26 AM
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I had another bowl of ice cream with fruit at the hotel next door and chatted with a very sweet young man whom I wished well. He is studying and working. One of the many hard- working, honest people who will never be able to afford to practice their languages outside their country I am afraid.

We are so lucky to be able to travel, if that is what we like to do. "

That was a strange comment, maybe a casual tourist does not think these kids are very travel oriented nor have the money to do it. If they are preparing for a career in one of the many sought after skills here, their future certainly looks bright. If you were out in the evening or shopping you could not have missed that the dominate age in shops, cafes, coffee houses, clubs, sushi restaurants, English style pubs and theaters are mostly young...16-25y.o. That is not because their parents are rich, however they might be, it is because a decent job results in a lot of extra spending money. That being because most own their own apartment, or live in one that is free and clear, have no college loans to pay off, no medical insurance payment and have total household expenses for electricity, phone, gas, water, trash, hot water got space heating, community antenna, commons maintenance etc is around $40/month. Transportation is another $50/month if they do not have a car, which is not needed. Food, entertainment, clothing and travel consumes the major portion of their income. Since there are few over 20 who do NOT have a college degree, the future looks rosy for these young people here. They are in MUCH better shape starting off life than, say, in the US or England.
After being around these young people every day for a number of years, I would say most people of the world should envy them rather than pity them. They ate confident, optimistic and are very well educated, fun loving and responsible.
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Old Aug 13th, 2009, 08:12 PM
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pity them? I certainly do not pity them, but was expressing what many of the young English speaking people had told me personally.. when asked where they learned their excellent English. they had all learned it at home in Russia.. school, etc. and would love to go abroad to practice but DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO DO SO.

I like to travel and was commenting on how when it is SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO DO, IT IS LUCKY WHEN ONE CAN AFFORD TO DO IT.

I don't understand your comparisons and needs for statistics as though I was disdaining LIFE there or comparing it to the USA or England where I don't even live....

However, you will have a very hard time convincing me that everyday non-wealthy Russian youth are frequenting the sushi restaurants and posh bars.

The streets and around metro stations are full of youth in the streets drinking from bottles they have bought at kiosks to avoid the high prices at the discos.

I don't pity anyone with a roof over their heads, an education and a state that more or less takes care of them. I do pity all non-ethical operations going on there.. and there are a lot of them, as you must know, but perhaps that is not the point.

I pity the misinterpetations arising from reports like this.
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 08:42 AM
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Hi Lincasanova,

Finally, my departure date beckons next week : I will be in St. P from Oct. 17 - 21st and can't wait. I've just re-read your TR and am taking a printed copy with me as a guide to some of the eateries you've mentioned, but I've no doubt I'll probably find a few new ones of my own too.

I have purchased a(n) Hermitage ticket online (as was recommended elsewhere) to avoid entrance line-ups, and plan to make a bee-line for the Rembrandt room. Other sights and sites will be encountered as I go along. I do have a private guide lined up as well and hope to report live on this board of developments. A city tour is planned as well (I usually try to do one when in a new city for orientation purposes)as well and lots of free time to simply wander around and get a sense of place.

After St.P I will be heading off to Karlovy Vary, Prague, Budapest and finally London.

This will be my 4th visit to Budapest, one of my absolute favourite cities in Central Europe. I'll have 6 days there and am so looking forward to that. It will be my 13th or 14th visit to London (9 days), and my first to the Czech Republic.

Thanks for all the St. P details and tips. I'll let you know how it all goes.

M.

PS Met up with TeacherCanada 2 weeks ago at the Toronto GTG and he spoke very kindly and positively of you, having met you in Spain.
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 10:34 AM
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Have a great trip. I would have also done a lot more online planning had we not been hosted by locals. However, our friends really did not have much of a clue as to how difficult it was going to be to visit the Hermitage. You definitely have done the right thing!

I don't think I need to see another palace this decade or next, though.

That French bakery/coffee shop is a MUST visit. I am still remembering items I consumed there.

Nice to hear from you. Hope I can make it to some GTG somewhere soon!
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Old Apr 15th, 2011, 01:19 PM
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THanks! Will use some of this info in October
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Old Jun 1st, 2011, 12:43 PM
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Tell me, how was the ballet at the Hermitage? Was it thrilling, worth it, or just something that they do for tourists?
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Old Jun 1st, 2011, 02:20 PM
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I was particularly disappointed in the Ballet at the Hermitage as the majority of the dancers seemed like students. It was only the lead male who was quite highly impressive. I am not sure if it is only for tourists or if that particular evening we weren't lucky. If you can only go to ONE, I would go to the Marinsky, of course. However, maybe someone else can tell you some more encouraging experiences at the Hermitage.

The stage is really very small, which of course restricts the choreography quite a bit. It is a very cozy private theater and Very expensive considering what it was, IMO.

It was not thrilling for me, whereas the Marinsky was more than that, as are most high level ballet productions.

Don't linger outside .. go right in and get a seat as soon as the doors open .
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 06:47 AM
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Thanks. I think I'll skip it.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 06:55 AM
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Some prices in S.P. Russia are just off the wall. And this was one of them, IMO.
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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 09:48 AM
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This has been so helpful! Thanks! I'm going there for my first time in July. I've never been out of the country before, so it'll be interesting.
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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 10:22 AM
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