Question by crimsononice: Going to visit a friend in Russia…?
What exactly should I bring, and look out for? Does anyone want me to take a look at conditions and things like that? A friend of mine invited me over to stay at his familie’s dacha, whatever that is, and given that I wouldn’t mind seeing what happened to the country, I accepted. It’s not going to be for a little while, but even still, I’m pretty intrigued… Anyone from Russia, or been there before? I’m going to be going to St. Petersburg, and any advice or things to take a look at’d be appreciated, and all. Thanks!
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Answer by olessa_lds
Bring your money and a digital camera. Be ready to be fed a lot and to be taken to lots of places.
Answer by inariña
Be ready to drink a lot of VODKA. Surely small presents and souvenirs are welcome, as well as flowers for the lady of the house.
Answer by svensktjej
First of all, dacha is a summer house, almost every Russian family owns one. They are usually outside of the city, near the lakes, woods, etc. They also have saunas there which they call “banya”, so don’t be surprised if you get an invitation for that. Try it out, it’s really something. It’s the best if there’s snow, because after the “banya” they go out and roll themselves in the snow. It sounds scary, but it’s actually not that bad! Don’t miss it! Russians are very open and friendly people, so you’ll feel comfortable. Their food is ok, I loved “sushki” while I was there, but you’ll see for yourself. St. Petersburg and Moscow are BIG cities, so make sure you don’t get lost 🙂 They have a lot of museums, churches that you have to see. Make sure they take you to ” Peter’s village”, ” Zimskiy dvor” and ” Ermitazh “. Russians are Orthodox Christians, so you’ll see how different and beautiful their churches are. It’s also pretty expensive, so make sure you bring enough money. They usually have higher prices of museum tickets for foreigners, sometimes as double as for Russians. Just bring your camera, lots of spare films ( if you’re not using digital one ) and enjoy! Russia is really beautiful! Hope this helped. Have fun!!!
Answer by MatrixForever
Just don’t show up wearing only shirts and t-shirt, a lot of foreigners do that, but don’t be wearing winter cloth either (unless you are going during the winter)
Dacha might be very small or very big, it all depends on how rich is the family of your friend. In a sense, Moscow is like Hong Kong, so don’t carry a lot of credit cards with you and police (if called) does not usually show up for 40 minutes. In all other respects Moscow is like New York (except that people speak Russian). St.Petrsbourg is the same, but better because there are a LOT of museums and other cultural and not-so-cultural attractions. People from all over Europe come to visit it, so there are lots of tourists walking around.
Answer by Cossak
Dacha is garden house,in russian central and north region where frut trees cant to growns,i meen apricots,grapes or figes wich are growns at my region near Azov sea,its house in garden houses village,to this place people come for rest from big noise city,to go for a fisher or cook meat at nature….so at such days in St.-Petersburg dacha you can cook meat,if ice is melt now ,you would go to fisher,so the best thing wich you can see there is city Peterburg,its russian its culture centr of Russia,wich was a capital more of 200 year,candy of Europe,but in summer its better there,then in winter,becouse spring there is like english winter with rains,rains and rains……so i hope you will visit second capitol of Russia,like we call it
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