Welcome back to my guide to Russia. Here are the top 5 remaining things to remember when you plan a trip!
Russian people are impatient a queue. There is always someone who tries to jump it and to get through the crowd. You can sometimes see people quarrelling and shouting at each other because they don’t want to wait.
Advice: Try to avoid rush hours.
Russia is much more than several well-known spots like the Kremlin, the Tretyakov Gallery and others. There are plenty of spots less known to tourists, but worth seeing.
Advice: Moscow has such unusual museums like the Museum of Vodka, the Museum of Russian Toys, Felt Boots Museum, Ice Sculpture Museum (open all year round), the Museum of Furniture, Moscow Metro Museum, the Museum “Lights of Moscow” and many others.
Prices in Moscow are high and they can be higher if you are a foreigner. Unfortunately, some museums still offer separate prices for nationals and tourists.
Advice: Different prices are a practice in some well-known places. Try to find something that is less popular and cheaper. Visit parks, churches and monasteries, you will not be required to pay for entrance (or it can be a symbolic price in some parks). Walk down the streets and look for unusual monuments reflecting the atmosphere of the city. Just don’t buy anything in the centre.
It is important not to forget about your safety. Crimes occur in Russia like in any other country in the world. A foreigner can be an easy victim, because you don’t know much about the country, its people and the most dangerous districts. So always follow the safety rules.
Advice: Keep your documents with you while travelling (make photocopies of your passport). You can be stopped by police and the absence of documents can be a reason to arrest you. Keep your cash, credit cards and other valuables in a safe place: pickpocketing is widespread. Also don’t recommend you to bring expensive cameras on your neck! Try to use underpasses; don’t expect drivers to stop for pedestrians at any place.
1. Water and Electricity
Never drink tap water, it can be dangerous and may cause diseases. Electricity throughout Russia is 220V. The plug is the two-pin thin European standard.
Advice: Don’t drink the tap water! Buy water in bottles. Bring an adapter with you if you need it.