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Russia: Are visa policies becoming easier?

Russia: Are visa policies becoming easier?

German Magazine Spiegel reports that Russia and Poland now allows visa-free travel for residents within 50 km of the Kaliningrad border. While this policy change only currently affects our Cheapos in Gdansk (Cze??, czytelnicy!), the hope is that moves such as this, which “Kremlin officials are viewing … as a first step toward a complete elimination » Read more

Kalmykia: Russia with a twist

Kalmykia: Russia with a twist

Anyone for Kalmykia? It is a republic that lies in eastern Europe between the Volga and the Manych River. Kalmykia is in the premier league of offbeat destinations in Europe. It is even less visited by leisure travelers than Ruthenia, Lusatia or Moldova. If you like feather grass steppes and wide open spaces, then Kalmykia » Read more

Moscow hotels: What’s a Cheapo to do? Advice needed!

Moscow hotels: What’s a Cheapo to do? Advice needed!

Here’s the deal: I’m in the midst of planning a late January journey to Russia. It’s completely exciting and different and will take EuroCheapo into new (and frozen) territory. However, I’ve hit a minor accommodation stumbling block and could use a little help from you. I’ll be in St. Petersburg for eight days–exploring the city, camping out » Read more

Moscow: Pink Taxis

You’ve heard of hotels for women only, now there are taxis which only serve the fairer sex. The Pink Taxi Company was launched in Moscow in August 2006, modeling the all-women drivers, women passengers-only format found on the streets of London and Tokyo. The launch followed a spate of violence against women taxi passengers in » Read more

St Petersburg: Riding Rivers and Canals

By far the best and most relaxing way to get an overview of St. Petersburg is to take a boat trip along the city’s canals and rivers. Rivers and canals in St. Petersburg play the part of roads. Many of the city’s most beautiful palaces, gardens, and cathedrals lie alongside the waterways. You can find » Read more

Russia: Eastward Train Adventures

Russia: Eastward Train Adventures

Adventurous Cheapos who love rail travel will find the fledgling projects of Russian State Railways very exciting. Most ambitious is the newly-announced plan to build a tunnel underneath the Bering Strait to connect Russia with Alaska. If constructed, the rail tunnel will be the longest in the world, at 100 km. The second glamorous plan » Read more

Moscow: The Vodka Museum

Here’s an understatement: the association of Russia with vodka is strong. Moscow’s Vodka Museum was transplanted from St. Petersburg, opening in Russia’s capital in 2006. 50,000 bottles of all shapes (including guns, swords and submarines) and ages (the oldest is over 200 years old) are kept here. All you could want to know about vodka’s » Read more

St. Petersburg: Pirogi Pleasures

If you need a bite to eat in St. Petersburg, buy yourself a pie. Russian pies, or pirogi, are made of pizza-like pastry, rolled into large, fat cigars and filled with a generous tasty filling. Traditional fillings are mushroom and herb, minced meat, egg and rice, and curd cheese. You can buy your pie from » Read more

St Petersburg: The Kunstkamera of Peter the Great

Dostoevsky called St. Petersburg the “most abstract and fantastic city on earth.” The city’s power to amaze is at its best in the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, built in 1714 on the granite banks of the River Neva to house Tsar Peter the Great’s bizarre collection of abnormal anatomy. Siamese twins in formaldehyde, the » Read more

St Petersburg: Hostel Alert

Meet the youth hostel claimed which function more or less as dormitories—and expensive five-star hotels. Even without the limited local selection, the hostel itself is fantastic. Its city center location is within spitting district of Nevskii Prospect, the city’s beautiful arterial boulevard. It has a variety of clean, comfortable rooms and friendly, helpful staff. It » Read more

Russia: Have Internet Access, Will Travel

Russia: Have Internet Access, Will Travel

Russia’s national airline Aeroflot recently announced that it will soon make e-tickets available via its Web site. Because of a Russian law that requires cash receipts for ticket transactions, airports won’t be able to distribute boarding passes for e-tickets on-site until this summer at the earliest. Our recent research blitz turned up an abundance of » Read more

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