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1. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 9y

Anyone any tips? For some reason Mother Russia kinda scares me and I have to spend a few days there waiting for the Trans Mongolian. anyone ever seen Lenins tomb and is it still on show?

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5492 posts) 9y

Hey Ken,

Lenin's Tomb is still showing. At least it was in July when we were there.. Just be sure to not take a backpack with you (they won't let you in) and keep your hands out of your pockets while filing past. It's kind of creepy, but worthwhile. Supposedly there's a good chance he'll be buried in St Petersburg next to his mother where he actually wanted to be buried, so it may not be possible for much longer.

Russia isn't an easy destination, but it isn't all that bad either. There are quite a few people who speak English (more who don't, mind you ;)). Just be sure to check all the formalities necessary, keep a copy of your passport with you at all times (NOT your actual passport - store that in a hotel safe) and make sure you're registered in each city you visit (your hotel normally takes care of this). For public transport, you'd be wise to try and find an English translation of the subway. All the signs are in Russian and so are the announcements. It can be very easy to get off at the wrong station! For some cheap food, the potatoes sold by the side of the street are great value and pretty tasty too :)

Don't be too worried about going, just be alert. There's tons of other travellers doing the same thing, particularly in cities like Moscow and St.Petersburg. It's an unforgettable experience whatever the case!!

Cheers, Peter

3. Posted by aglaja (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hey Peter!

Lenin is still there:)) when visiting it don't forget to get rid of the chewing gum before entering it.:)

If you have y couple days extra: take a walk on Arbat (its a street full of russian souvenirs - don't buy anything there, it is to expensive) - its fun (if you're hungry have a pirozhok or kroshka-kartoshka: potato with cheese and butter), see a Mayakowski museum (russian revolutionar poet) and try an old Tretykowskaya galery (if you get lucky Kandinsky is not traveling around the world).
If you like walking try the Park Pobedy: its monumental but always windy or Park Kolomenskoe (there are couple of really old wooden buildings that date back to Peter the Great.

If you want to buy cheap "Original DVDs", computer games or music go to market Gorbushka (every day, metro station: Bagrationowskaya)

Moscow is great as long as you speak or at least read russian: in the center you won't have any problems but be careful: there are a lot of skinheads/hooligans in the city, so check all big national days and stay in your hotel if you find any:)

I hope that helps, if you need any information, please write:))
enjoy your transsiberian:)
Natasha

4. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 9y

Cheers Natasha,
you have been most helpful unfortunatly I am an ignorant buffoon and don't speak a letter of Russian so that may cause problems all and all though I'm looking forward to Moscow. I often find the places your a bit wary of of turn out to be the most enjoyable. Any tips on accommadation.
Thanks again,
Ken

5. Posted by aglaja (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hey Ken!

They have some hostels, I've heard of it, but never seen it:)) but they're expensive. Anyway, you have to live in a hotel or hostel, just to get your registration, so try under hostels first. If you want to stay in center look up the Hotel Ukraine (it is in the one of the sister buildings) or hotel Mir, whisch is half cheaper, but also in center (nera the russian white house). I don't have any e-adresses, but look it up.

Natasha