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About napoxoguk

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    Gardening, dogs, judo.
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    Vodohod, Mosturflot, infoflot

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  1. @Roger88, While any tip is usually appreciated, even if just for the good will gesture and not its monetary value, I can see a very limited number of scenarios whereby a $1 dollar tip would make sense - maybe a quick coffee from a hole in the wall vendor or a bite of street food, or a public bathroom... Otherwise - 1-dollar bills are not in circulation in Russia, are accepted by Forex banks at a steep discount, and have to be in pristine mint condition to be accepted at all. That said, if it's a dollar coin, then it would likely be appreciated for the novelty factor.
  2. Here's a fun one: some photos of the places regular cruisers don't get to see often (the engine room, control room, etc.): http://cruiseinform.ru/story/rechnye-kruizy/2016-teplokhod-dmitriy-furmanov-to-chto-ne-vidyat-turisty/?PAGEN_1=5
  3. Yes, we first used their services back in the nineties, - way, way, before Morskoy Facade and the accompanying cruise ship traffic came along. Frankly, I'm not sure if they are just being nice to us at this point for the sake of the old days, but I've been going back to them ever since. Guilty as charged, on all three counts 🙂 Actually, I first picked the avatar pic and then had to come up with a username to match 🙂. Never got around to changing the avatar. I wish this site appreciated the usefulness of private messages - I'll drop you an email instead.
  4. As a side comment - it is, and the vast majority of their guides I've ever dealt with are excellent, even if waaay overqualified for their regular whistle-stop routine. Dogsforfun, thanks for your port link - it is indeed a very useful planning tool.
  5. Also note that to apply for fan-id one also needs to have their match tickets firstThe first round of sales ended in December, the dates for all matches are already known. It's a straightforward but somewhat time-consuming process, but it's very well worth it - and doing it via a cruise is a smart move: if 2018's World Cup is any indication, hotel prices around game dates will be ridiculously high.
  6. Wait, wait - if that "soccer game" is one of UEFA games, the point is moot, as to get to the actual game you will need not only a ticket but also a fan-id, which doubles as a full-fledged Russian visa anyway.
  7. You mean a private tour from Moscow? I've been to both (assuming you mean 1812 war memorial in case of Viaz'ma), but not with a tour. That said, even the (significantly) larger Borodino is best visited when they have some kind of reenactment going on (which, afaik, usually coincides with the anniversary of the battle).
  8. I guess, if hanging out with throngs of Nordic and Finnish weekend booze cruisers can be classified as chilling 🙂 Some of the bars catering to that crowd are top notch. Again, wouldn't probably pick Murmansk as a stand-alone tourist destination (other than for catching a glimpse of Northern Lights), but the town can be quite lively and fun. Also, as to the deleterious effects of communism - rest assured, most of the postapocalyptic stuff you see came about as the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union, rather than its existence.
  9. Well, since Murmansk and neighboring towns host several units of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy, I'm not all that surprised with some extra precautions. That said, I really like the town, especially in winter. Crazy weekends there...
  10. Oops - I have just noticed the building on that piece of vodka candy is not Moscow State - it's the building you had on one of your earlier pictures 🙂
  11. Kalinka is "little guelder rose berry" 🙂 Incidentally, Malinka is "little raspberry". Here's some of my favorites: If you end up in Alyonka store, don't miss out on the ones shaped likea bottle and the ones with the University building on the wrapper. These have alcohol in them - yum!
  12. The building in your photo is a residential building, not MSU. The University is a bit farther out, you can't really see it from the center. Again, great photos, thanks for sharing!
  13. I think having a thread like this is a great idea - and thank you, @trosbery, for taking the time to post. Wonder why others are hesitant to chime in. I would, but my contribution would be too helpful - we did a 2d1n run from Moscow.
  14. Great pictures; this post well deserved to be brought back from oblivion. One thing, though: your metro map is about a decade out of date. Here's a more recent one:
  15. If given a choice (and a reasonable price offer), I would recommend taking the restaurant car - especially on the way to Moscow. The ticket price includes about a ₽2.3k food allowance, with an airplane-like boxed re-heated main course running at about 4 to 6 hundred roubles. I'm never able to use the whole allowance over the course of the 4-hr ride, so I just get water/chocolates/snacks that can last you until you can have some proper lunch in the city. If purchased about a month in advance, these restaurant car tickets run at about ₽7k ($120-150), one way.
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