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Anyone been there?
What's it like?
or, any more so than in hackney anyway?
i went when i was about 14 and the only memory i have of it is "poor people"
I walked a mile and a half from the theatre to my hostel down a fair few backstreets at 11.30pm and was fine. It was -40 though.
I didn't hear of anyone getting in any trouble either, Moscow's far worse for that. St petersburg was pretty friendly (as far as russia goes)
stay in nord hostel, it's cheap, you get free breakfast, internet and washing, and it's about 100m from the hermitage (winter palace), on the road that connects Nevsky prospect and the hermitage, just underneath a huge fuck off archway with a massive chariot on top.
the city itself is gorgeous (the central parts anyway), loads of small rivers and bridges, a few massive ones, amazing buildings everywhere. The anthropology museu is awesome, you can see the two headed boy (although he's not floating in glass, his (their?) skeleton is propped up by a rod, but loads of the stuff there is wicked.
Marinskii opera theatre is worth a dab too, you can get cheap tourist tickets.
Possibly my favourite city I've been to.
"huge fuck off archway"
"massive chariot on top"
"two headed boy"
"Marinskii opera theatre"
wow. does anyone want to come with me?
i'm being sent there for work, but hopefully will get a few days to myself, and make a beeline for the two headed boy.
have you seen the metro? whoa!
douchebag's poor people better stay the fuck outta my way, though.
the peters one was OK, but nothing particularly amazing. The moscow one however, is awesome.
and looking at pictures and it looked pretty lovely.
moscow metro did look fucking spectacular though.
I tended to walk most places in St P, as it's beautiful and I was pretty centrally based, plus the taxi system is immense. I remember one stop was pretty cool (like a massive air hangar) but nothing else lingered. Just looked at some picturesnow and they're pretty sweet - I think both moscow and St P have new and old stops, and generally the new stops are a bit functional. I probably just got unlucky. I spent a bit of time just touring the metro stops in moscow though.
The taxi system - basically, stick your hand out, a car (not necesserily a taxi) will pull over, you haggle a price, meanwhile 2-3 more cars pull up behind him. If you don't like the price, insult him, slam the door and go to the next car. This is basically because fuel and cars are cheap, but money is really hard to come by.
Wouldn't have done had my friend (who's been there a year) not been there though.
but i would LOVE to go. i just want to go to Russia. at some point. in time. for cheap. please.
£85 for VISA/invitation/voucher
probably £100 return on the train, going via Riga in Latvia (which is gorgeous as well, it's Park Lane on the world monopoly board)
Stay in hostels, eat 'off road' (ie just turn off the main high streets and eat in bistros). Easily doable for a week at £400 (2 weeks prolly £500, £550) all in
but on a related note I'll be in Moscow next week, so can I hijack this thread and say WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN MOSCOW GUYZ?
but apparently a good way of getting there is to fly to Helsinki then get the train from there.