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I am already planning my next far away trip. I have in mind Moscow because

1. I want to go to a place completely different than USA culture in housing style, streets, everything

2. I assume food, hotels, are affordable compared to major cities in Europe

3. I need NWA frequent flyers badly to get to 25,000. Moscow would do it.

4. I want to go to a place where No Asians live or are seen too often, sounds bad but I just to feel like a total stranger unlike my last trips to China.

Well, who has been there? Fun yes or Nyet? How is the nightlife? Pretty safe to walk around by myself?
 

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I believe Jason was there last year. He had some awesome photos of it!

That would be a cool trip to take though. I've been to numerous other countries but never got there.
 

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There are a lot of Asians in Russia. Hell, most of the USSR was in Asia. I think you'll find it pretty cosmopolitan.

You'd probably do better going somewhere like Prauge or Warsaw.
 

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hehe I used to get a catalog of the months hotties from some company that made pre aranged "dates" with your chosen babe! Some smokin babes there only wanna get the fuck outta dodge and ride a USA boy :D



Holy shyt see that site ya added.... 50 - 100 NEW added each week!!!!!!!!! :leghump tastic
 

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too bad you gotta spend about 5K just for starters....
 

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Kawa-ZX9 said:
I am already planning my next far away trip. I have in mind Moscow because

1. I want to go to a place completely different than USA culture in housing style, streets, everything

2. I assume food, hotels, are affordable compared to major cities in Europe

3. I need NWA frequent flyers badly to get to 25,000. Moscow would do it.

4. I want to go to a place where No Asians live or are seen too often, sounds bad but I just to feel like a total stranger unlike my last trips to China.

Well, who has been there? Fun yes or Nyet? How is the nightlife? Pretty safe to walk around by myself?
Rascus is correct. I went on a trip to Europe last year. I spent a few days in Russia: Moscow and St. Petersburg. It was wonderful to say the least. We went in late August. Everything about it was new and exciting. The history in itself could keep you busy for weeks. Everyone seemed friendly or simply went on with their business. I don't remember seeing too many asians. The cost of food and hotels is like every city. You have you affordable and outrageous as well. Remember, the dollar isn't that strong right now and exchanges aren't that great anymore. The food is simple but new. The chicken kieve is good but some of the soups are scary. The quality depends on what restaurant you're in and how much you want to pay. Moscow is much more modernized then I had immagined. The people dress casual to very stylish. The women are very beautiful as they are tall and slender. Shopping is abundant ......... they have the malls and stores of variety. Everyone smokes and drinks ........ I was amazed at what I was seeing. The architecture was wonderful as each building was a work of art in my mind. Everyone lives in a cinderblock apartment. There are hundreds of complexes that have what seemed like thousands of small apartments. We took a guided tour as we were in from a cruise ship. I would suggest taking a guided tour for sure in order to get where you need to be and to get a tour guide who is knowledgeable in the history of Moscow. The most popular place in Moscow for tourists is the Kremlin and Red Square. The Kremlin is sort of like the vatican. It's an enclosed capital like fortress. This is where you'll find the Museum. It contains artifacts, jewels, military and other royalities. The items are so neat to look at as they have so much history to them and the amount of jewels and gold used on some of the artifacts is astonishing. Also in the Kremlin you'll find historical churches with tall ceilings that are painted in astonishing beauty.You MUST go and spend the day at the Kremlin. Red square is the other historical area that we've all seen on tv. It has the churches, museums, and an old building converted into a shopping mall. It's another must see. Also check out the Church of the spilled blood ....... or at least I believe that's what it was called. It's truely amazing.

Walking around was very safe (better then Detroit) and everything was old but well kept and clean for the most part. The streets are very busy at night with nightlife i.e. clubs and small casino type parlors. It gets dark in some areas but you'll see little old ladies walking by themselves at night without a worry in the world apparently. I don't think even the Russians want to go to a Russian prison. Along with the other countries I visited (Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, and Germany) Moscow was my favorite. St. Petersburg Russia was also excellent. We flew from there to Moscow. Here are some pics of Moscow below. Click on the enlarge. Don't look if you think it'll spoil it for you,
 

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Damn Jason, those are awesome photos :dblthumb
 

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Thanks Jason, that pretty much answers all my questions.

I am Chinese and my last 4 trips have been to China and Hong Kong so the next trip will be a breath of fresh air to see a completely different culture.

I will go to Moscow and see the ususal tourist sites as well as go to areas " where the natives are" I enjoy walking around the poorer side of town to see how life really is. That is true traveling. Great photos.
 

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You're welcome! There are obviously more photos and things to see. I can't even remember all the places I visited. Plenty of "native" spots to explore. A guide book will help of course. If I may make a suggestion....... If you are going to Moscow and you have free time depending on the duration of your trip, go to St. Petersburg as well. It's only an hours flight time and it's rather inexpensive. I say to go because you'll probably only have one chance in your life to go to Russia. St. Petersburg actually is the city that contains more to see as far as museums and war era type things. Peterhoff Palace was the highlight of the Russian tour. It was remarkable. St. Pete has the real "Russian Look" from the war era and has many monuments and such. If you have the few extra bucks and a day or two I say go for it. Here's a few pics from there and Peterhoff Palace.
 

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I've been to Moscow. It is a very interesting city. So much history. But it can be a scary place for a foreign tourist if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, especially after a few drinks or after dark. More so then most US cities. It can get very dangerous real quick if you stand out like a tourist.

The vodka is cheaper than water.

St Petersburg would be an excellent choice. I've been to Kiev in the Ukraine and that's a great place as well.
 
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