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  • People Get Ready......there's a tank (several of them, I think) a comin'... May 9th is Victory Day in Russia. It is the day they celebrate their victory over the Germans during WWII. Simply put, I have never seen a more hyped, more enthused Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 1, 2015
  • Big Bertha & MoskvitchThe central armed forces museum has displays about the Russian / Sovjet army and the wars the army was in (the war in Ukraine was not in there). Of course also various objects are on display, some of them would Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 27, 2015
  • The Hermitage BelowSo...below the Hermitage, in amongst the pipes and cords and dust and debris...live the Patron Saints of the Hermitage: cats. Cats have existed underneath the Hermitage since the Catherine the Great days. They help control the rat population (!). [img= Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 27, 2015
  • Drink the vodka!As expected I would run into problems with not drinking alcohol in Russia. Last Wednesday was the first time. :( I met up with a german guy to exchange our travel plans. Unfortunately, compared to him, I am really prepared, so Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 26, 2015
  • Everything is for sale in Russia - even next to the KremlinEverything is for sale in Russia. A prime example follows below (picture taken just next to the Kremlin). It actually also shows they are repairing the street lights and planting flowers - hence the awkward looking lamppost. [img=http://photos.travellers Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 22, 2015
  • Red and Green in PermPerm, December 25th - 27th 2014 Touring the city of Perm on one's own ought to be very convenient... if, there weren't snow. Just follow either [[http://lines.perm.ru/RedLine.html|the Red Line]] or [[http://lines.perm.ru/GreenLine.html|the Green Line]] Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Apr 21, 2015
  • A Cold Welcome into PermPerm, December 25th 2014 Good morning! Is it Perm already? That's the view from my train window. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/250384/large_724F973AFD4BFF7C74B797754CA58AA4. Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Apr 20, 2015
  • The Hermitage AboveGot to do something cool last week: the volunteers got a tour of the "roof" and "attic." We got to walk in amongst the iron structure, insulation, pipes and ventilation systems that hold this 250-year-old building together. Surprisingly no one Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 20, 2015
  • Easter Excursion to VyborgOnce a week I like to venture outside of the city and go on a wee excursion to nearby towns or suburbs. This past Sunday - Easter Sunday, in fact - I went to Vyborg, which is pretty much as Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 20, 2015
  • My own soviet style flatEverywhere in Eastern Europe people like to have tropical temperatures inside when it is least economical. Various types of compensation behaviour are of course well known across countries and cultures. ;) And of course it is impossible to turn the hea Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 20, 2015
  • Can I iron your back please?After visiting the Tretyakov gallery on Saturday I went to Grabli again. While enjoying my dinner, two ladies (probably somewhere in their mid forties) came in with an iron machine. For some reason they immediately spotted me - probably because Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 20, 2015
  • What On Earth Are These?And What Could They Possibly Be Used For? Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 16, 2015
  • Universitetskaya hotelI decided to stay a few more days in the Universitetskaya hotel as I didnt manage to find any other proper (clean, quiet, good location, affordable) accommodation. Even though the website and booking.com indicated the hotel was full, I could Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 16, 2015
  • Hey that was my tableMeeting (new) people seems to be highly correlated to randomness. When going for breakfast on Monday, only one table was free so I quickly got my coffee and put it on the table. But when I returned from getting my Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 16, 2015
  • The Hidden HermitageI got the chance to go to the Hermitage's storage area in the far north of the city. Only five visitors at a time are allowed, and must pass through something akin to NASA security in order to step foot Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 13, 2015
  • Perfect Weather for RunningFrom Vladimir to Perm, December 24-25th 2014 On December 24th 2014 morning in Vladimir, I woke up to a perfect weather for running. Not said me, but said InstaWeather. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/250384/large_5F187671A7CABDEDAADD50CF37DF Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Apr 11, 2015
  • Automatic immigration cardsFlying from Odessa to Moscow with a Russian [[https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Superjet_100|Sukhoi Superjet 100]]-95. My first time in a real Russian plane; more comfortable then expected, just some odd features like each row has 2 seats on the left a Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 12, 2015
  • Welcome HomeThis is the entrance to my apartment block, seen from the inside. This was taken at about 7pm, so it is still light outside. I'm looking down the stairs on my right. To my left are the st Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 10, 2015
  • Easter in RussiaSo you're probably wondering, how was Shelley's easter? The answer is easy: haven't had one yet. Russian Orthodox Easter is this coming Sunday. Just one day. And apparently, not a big holiday. Everything is still open and people still have to Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 8, 2015
  • My Russian DietWant to lose weight, all without exercising? COME TO RUSSIA! I have lost well over five pounds. The food is there, but the opportunity to eat is not. My main issue is that when I'm at the Hermitage, I can't Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 4, 2015
  • Charismatic Hotels: the Sibir (Siberia) in TobolskTobolsk is one of the most pictoresque cities in all of Russia, and the Sibir Hotel, located right next to Tobolsk's Kremlin is probably Russia's most atmospheric and authentic hotel. A great place for history lovers. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint Posted by LuxuryRogue in Luxury Rogue | Apr 2, 2015
  • Manpupuner - Siberia's 7 Giants and 7th World Wonder We rented a VW Tiguan 4x4 from Avis at Moscow Domodedovo Airport and drove on a slightly northern route 3.000 km towards the Ural ... [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/327999/large_ Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Apr 1, 2015
  • Presents from DashaMilady has a cat. Her name is Dasha. Milady is very often not at home; she frequently goes to her country house near the Finnish border for 2-3 day stretches (this is what Russians do. It's part of their DNA, Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 30, 2015
  • My partner and the kids went to Saint Petersberg RussiaMy Partner took the kids to Russia in the fall. As usual tickets off season are pretty affordable. So the packing started and each child has his own back-bag. The most important is to have warm clothes that are also easy to Posted by NAGATTRAVEL in TRAVELING WITH KIDS | Mar 29, 2015
  • Foreigner DustitisSo, about two weeks ago as the ice was starting to melt and the sun was starting to come out, I began feeling what I thought was the beginning of a cold. Eventually my throat got so bad it became Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 27, 2015
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