Wednesday, October 13, 2010


The smells and air of Moscow are, for Kristy, reminiscent of Sweden, along with the multiple forests and the rolling hills.

Taxes for groceries in Russia = 18%.

Apparently all of Rosinka is bugged and so nothing is private here.  If you need to discuss something no one else should hear you need to go for a walk.

We must carry passports and immigration records with us wherever we go.  Even a cashier can ask us for them.  How racist is that? J

The average life span of a Russian man is 59 years.

The legal drinking age in Russia is 16 years old.

Major appliances are much smaller than American standards.  My dishwasher, washer, and dryer are about 2/3 the size of what I have in Utah.

There is not a standard size for Russian stairs; even the same flight of stairs can have different heights and depths.

While eating at a restaurant it is cheaper to have a soda than to have water. 
You must ask for “still” water or it will be soda water.  If you want ice you must ask for it and it will cost extra.

If you are in someone’s way you will often get pushed, especially in busy grocery stores. I have experienced this more than once.

Most everything I have purchased in Moscow is 100% more expensive than what I would have to pay in America.

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