Sunday, July 14, 2013

Travel Lite and Take a Good Camera

When you are travelling about in Russia it is a good idea to travel lite for a variety of reasons.  For one, if you are riding the Russian rails, you don't want to be tossing around heavy baggage from the platform into and out of your train car.  It isn't like America where there is barely any room between the train platform and getting into the train car.  In Russia there can be a substantial distance between the edge of the platform and getting into the car.  In places such as Kazansky Station in Moscow, not only is there are significant gap between the platform and the train car, you also need to make your way up a set of narrow, nearly vertical set of train steps into the car.

Last time I made the trip, I took 3 pairs of slacks, 3 shirts, 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear, and a minimal amount of the necessary bathroom sundries for washing, shaving, oral care, deodorant, etc.  I was going for 3 weeks, and simply washed the clothes I wore each day, and changed to another set for the next day.  If you pack smart, you can get away with only a carry on.  If you take more than one suitcase that you have to check at the airport, you will have to pay extra for the second suitcase, up to $100.00 or more US.

Make sure you also take a decent digital camera so you can document the places you've been and the people you've been with.  If you aren't a professional photographer, don't go overboard and get some huge digital SLR that is going to bog you down.  I've found that a Nikon CoolPix camera is small enough, light weight enough, and has enough options for it to be a good all around camera and it has pretty good resolution for a small digital camera.

Also, unless you are already a fluent speaker of Russian, take with you a small pocket Russian-English dictionary or a lightweight electronic translation machine. Before you go, learn some basics, such has "hello, please, thank you, how much, and where's the bathroom."  You should also learn how to use the toilet squatting instead of sitting, not that you'll have to do that everywhere, but there are places where it might be handy knowledge.


BYOTP does NOT mean bring your own tent; however, no trip to Russia is complete without having some experience riding the Russian railways.  Whether it's an overnighter from Moscow to Kazan or Yoshkar-Ola or a multi-day trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway or Trans-Mongolian Railway, one thing you certainly need to bring along is toilet paper.  Russians are not known for being hardy merely because of the harsh winter weather, but also their ability to endure toilet paper that feels more like sandpaper than it does like toilet paper.

You should make sure you have an adequate supply for length of your train trip.  It might also be advisable to have some supply for your stay in Russia, because my experience has been that you can't always easily find toilet paper in the supermarket either.  I had to buy a roll of paper towels and cut it in half the last time I tried to find toilet paper in a Russian supermarket in Yoshkar-Ola.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Looking for a Russian, Eastern European, or Asian Woman For Dating or Marriage? I Teach You How to Do It Without Getting Scammed in the Process

Hi, My name is John and I live in Easton, Pennsylvania with my lovely Russian wife Valentina.  I am going to walk you through my experiences meeting and dating Russian (or Eastern European or Asian Women) and hopefully what you learn from my experiences will save you from wasting or losing money on dead-end prospects.  There are MILLIONS of women (and men pretending to be women) that are out there to rip you off, so make no mistake about it, this is an arena where you need to know what you are doing to be successful..  The first and most important thing I'm going to tell you, is that if you aren't willing to invest money to actually go to Russia, Eastern Europe, or Asia to meet a woman in person, don't waste your time reading this, and you might as well just STOP your quest before you even start.  I don't mean to give you discouraging words, but the truth of the matter, in most cases USCIS won't give a foreign woman a visa to come to America unless you can prove that you have actually been together already.  In some cases, you might be able to meet a woman in a country where neither of you reside initially, but this is somewhat risky.

The second important thing I'm going to tell you, is NEVER send money to a foreign woman that you haven't met in person.  If you do, you are just asking to be ripped off AND have your heart ripped out at the same time.


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