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Moscow / list of countries [Oct. 10th, 2006|05:56 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I'm going to Russia next week (Oct 16th - Oct 23rd) and am having to do some Visa application stuff now.

One question is "List all countries you have visited in the last ten years and indicate the year of visit". Damn. That's a research project. So far I have the countries I think, but no dates:

Czech Republic
... (insert 3-5 countries from a caribbean cruise which I've since forgotten....)
Aruba, Curaçao (both Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Saint-Martin (half French, half Dutch, went on both)
Saint Thomas (part of US Virgin Islands)

Any recommendations on what I should do in Russia?

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[User Picture]From: nu_luba
2006-10-11 01:02 am (UTC)
the hermetage in st petersburg is one of the greatest art collections in the world
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2006-10-11 01:05 am (UTC)
Buy lots of cuban cigars and smuggle them back for me.
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[User Picture]From: remark
2006-10-11 01:22 am (UTC)
tell lots of "in soviet russia..." jokes.

also, do the schools team a favor and give a lecture on standardized spellings of place names and submitting stupid schools.
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From: cjensen
2006-10-11 01:23 am (UTC)
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From: yusufg
2006-10-11 02:03 am (UTC)

Try and meet the kevent guy Evgeniy Polyakov.

Brad, Maybe you can hook up with Evgeniy Polyakov and get more zen about kevent
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[User Picture]From: lakeguy
2006-10-11 03:50 am (UTC)
I am sure Brad thinks he already has a great one :)
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[User Picture]From: dimad
2006-10-11 02:49 am (UTC)
you should have a fun :)
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[User Picture]From: grahams
2006-10-11 02:57 am (UTC)
You should try applying for a DoD security clearance.. I needed one for my previous job, but I not only had to list travel, but every place I've lived and worked in the past 10 years (which, at the time of application, stretched back to high school). I had to provide references at each of those neighborhoods and jobs to verify that I was there...

Now *THAT* is a research project. Thank god I don't work for the man anymore..
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[User Picture]From: spottman
2006-10-11 08:01 am (UTC)
Ha! when I did my clearance paperwork I had to use the space for notes to write things like "DoNotEnterThisAreaWithGovtPlatesFindThisPersonFirstTheyWillShootYou" (there was only room for 512 characters or something) I have to tell you, that raised the Federal investigator's interest in me!

I lived in a really high pot growing area in Northern California and some of my landlords were, well, farmers that would shoot first!

Silly government.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-10-11 04:00 am (UTC)
Stand in line for a cheeseburger comrade!
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From: selfmade
2006-10-11 04:24 am (UTC)
May be hook up with Moscow LJ community.
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[User Picture]From: penguinkraft
2006-10-11 04:53 am (UTC)

some random person gives suggestions

Which cities are you going to?

In Petersburg, I recommend: Bronze Horseman (frequently weddings with bears), Peter and Pavel fortress (go to Avsteria for lunch, old-school Russian fare), Kunstkamera (deformed things in specimen jars), Hermitage gallery (check out the Rembrandts), Dostoevsky's final apartment (they have his top hat!), Mariinsky theater (opera), Pushkin's final apartment (reconstruction but still very cool), Church of the Spilled Blood (beautiful mosaics, neat to walk by, and very convenient to the downtown area), Russian museum (unrivalled collection of art by Russian artists), Priyut Kommedianta (nice restaurant where poets like Blok and Akhmatova used to chill out and drink way too much.) Tinkoff brewery (yum!)

In Moscow, I recommend: Tretyakov gallery (awesome collection of old and new art. check out the Filonov paintings up close and the Vrubel gallery), Bolshoi teatr (opera), Glinka library (Prokofiev and Scriabin and Beethoven manuscripts oh my!), Krasnaia Ploschad (of course, Lenin's mausoleum, Putin's jewel collection, and all that), Scriabin's house (off of the Arbat district) Arbat district (neat old neighborhood with a crazy tourist trap of kiosks, neat architecture), Mama Zoya or Genatsvale VIP (Georgian food).
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[User Picture]From: 2005anna
2006-10-13 08:29 pm (UTC)

Re: some random person gives suggestions

Mama Zoya and Genazvale are closed, sorry. Fell victims of Russia-Georgia war
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[User Picture]From: _nezemnaya_
2006-10-11 05:57 am (UTC)
come visit us in Estonia in the meanwhile .) you don't need a visa to come to Tallinn and it is a nice looking city )) (
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[User Picture]From: zverik
2006-10-11 07:53 am (UTC)
In St. Petersburg you may try to find The Beatles Museum :)
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[User Picture]From: yannk
2006-10-11 08:09 am (UTC)
I didn't do any application myself for my russian Visa. The travel agency took care of everything... which is nice considering how painful it is.
For the USA, it's not possible: you have to do that yourself :)

Try Sandoni bath in moscow :

Seriously, it's a bit weird, but really nice.
14, Neglinaya st. phone: 925.46.31 (metro Kouznetski Most).
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