Visit Russia – 10 SHOCKS of Visiting RUSSIA

Visit Russia – 10 SHOCKS of Visiting RUSSIA

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hey there fellow travelers mark here with Walters room today we’re in st. Petersburg Russia for the 10 things that are gonna shock travelers when they come here to Russia so let’s get started and the first thing that shocks people when they come here are the people and some of it is the service when you hear or lack of service yes don’t expect a lot of service when you come to Russia it can be shockingly bad and time-consuming and just frustrating and yes sometimes it seems like they don’t care they don’t smile back and that kind of shock some people but look they’re not me they’re just reserved and the thing is when you get to know Russians and they open up to you they can be some of the most fun people ever I mean I’ve had so many great parties and great dinners and great times with my Russian friends I’ve made around the world I mean have you been at a party and then when you go to sleep someone tries to sew you into your bed yeah that’s the fun stuff that Russians do and what I’ve had a chance to meet the people you know and when it’s really helped is just you know in a few words of Russian can turn that stone face into a hey you could be a friend of mine kind of thing and it really makes a difference so do try to learn a little bit so you can meet the people cuz I can’t tell you how many cabbage rolls I’ve eaten over the years from babushkas grandmas that are near the ground was my friends like Oh mark he saw him alone he needs friends so don’t be like bring him over you know I’ve had times where it’s hey Mark my friend Max is his mom’s like Oh Maxie copes like my mom my grandma said you have to come over because you need to eat because they were worried about me I’m the people really are super Hospital when you get to know them that’s why you should take the time if you’re gonna go on the trans-siberian highway bring a deck of cards and something to drink so you can share and play cards and Gamble and stuff like that because you will get to know the people and it is quite fun to hang out with them and that’s why I really want to say is it shocks people that yes that service can be so bad but this people can’t really be wonderful when you get a chance to actually meet them so if you get a chance to do meet them alright now the second thing that shocks people when they come here he’s actually deciphering the language look Russian is the Cyrillic alphabet you will not understand anything and it shocks people when they come and think oh well I’m sure they know some English or something like that no look Russia is one of the largest countries in the world and population size and things like that and so they focus on Russian just like in the US it’s all in English here it’s all in Russian and finding people that speak English is sometimes hard to find outside of you know some of the major cities and even in places like st. Petersburg and Moscow you don’t always get a lot of English around that even in the tourism industry so make sure you do know a little bit remember what I told you knowing a little bit of Russian can really warm people up so spasiba you know thank you and uh you know you know a people over for a beer or hey hey let’s get a a p-value let’s get a drink oh hey you know some stuff it really opens people up and yes does yes and there is no and things like that but it is one of those things and I’d also say yeah we’re that’s one of the things you should know but it is really cool and the thing is though it is really hard to decipher the letter so before you come make sure you least try to get an idea of what the letters sound like like the backwards R is a yeah and then there’s a D that looks weird and you got the you think it’s a P but actually makes an R sound it can get kind of confusing and when you’re taking the metro and you’re looking for places and you can’t figure it out it can get really shocking and scary for people so I do recommend get a Google Translate app and download the offline version so you can just take a picture of things and it and translate it for you it will make your life a lot easier but you’ll be shocked how you have really no clue when it comes to Russian language now the third thing is going to shock you are the churches specifically the Russian Orthodox churches on the outside you know with the onion domes and all the colorings but for me it’s the insides of the churches so you don’t go to st. basil or with a spilt blood church here in st. Petersburg they’re just gorgeous with the icons inside the gold is silver and all these things it is truly amazing and you go in like wow I mean you don’t you go into so many tricks we just go WOW and you get shot by that beauty so don’t skip the churches when you come here go and enjoy them because they really are shockingly beautiful now the fourth thing that shocks people when they come to Russia is they realize that wait there’s more than st. Petersburg and scout yes you can go to the Kremlin in Moscow but you know what you could go to the Kremlin in kazan kremlin means citadel that’s where the church in the walls and all these things are and you can really see it in lots of different places and russia has a lot of great places to check out yes saint petersburg with a hermitage and the Winter Palace and and the river here and all these kind of things are super awesome to do and in Moscow the Kremlin red square and scene then it gets great but getting out and exploring Russia is really a fantastic thing so you know for me I know when I was doing my research I’m like mad cuz I’m with the moths there and the this it and the Kremlin there just looks gorgeous and I really want to check it out go on a Volga River cruise something like that you said all these things that are really amazing so don’t be shocked when you realize that it wait it’s not just st. Petersburg in Moscow no this place is huge and that leads to the next shock is how insanely huge Russia is look get it Russia goes from one side of Asia to the other side of Asia and then into Europe okay it’s huge and that train stop you’re in highway he’s got their side that trans-siberian railroad will take you days weeks maybe a month to go through it all so you really need to realize the size of this place is enormous and especially if you’re going to even the cities like Moscow st. Petersburg when you look at a map for Berlin or a London you think oh it I can walk that a room I can walk that st. Petersburg when you see these things you go man that is too big too you don’t realize it’s you can’t really walk those distances it’s so big so make sure you do use that public transport because it is very helpful it goes lots of places it makes a big difference and yes you can bring your kids here too it’s not a big deal and with that size you really need to plan ahead with flights and transportation because of the distance and time it takes it really is more helpful to have a better idea when you get there so you’re not trying to go a place to place a place you really need to plan it out beforehand because the now nothing’s gonna shock you who come here is the weather and I’m going to tell you the weather is no joke sometimes you can have great you know summer nights like we are here the white nights here in st. Petersburg and that is really cool that daylight through the summer is fantastic but when winter comes it is dangerously cold and you need to be careful when you are here all right so when you want to coming to make sure you bring clothes to layer up bring those warm clothes even in the summer make sure you got those layers because it will get chilly once the Sun doesn’t really go down but once it starts to hover near the horizon you want to be careful with that now there’s some thing that shocks people that come here is safety can be an issue whether it is pickpockets in st. Petersburg or Moscow or it’s getting ripped off by taxi drivers or it’s people trying to rip you off just in general these things do happen to tourists and it does shock them how often these things happen and it’s not just in the tourism industry and stuff like that I’ve got shook down by police when I’ve been in here these kind of things do happen and so you want to be prepared so make sure if you’re not I mean evenings finish up and head back to your hotel ask your hotel where you should go or shouldn’t go you do really need to pay attention with these things and I would say with the safety kind of thing I don’t recommend you know don’t take pictures of the police don’t take pictures of government buildings well like you know like military abilities and stuff like that I mean you could take a picture that kind of those things but you do want to be careful when you are here and probably the most shocking of all those safety things is the traffic when you’ll see I mean when you go on YouTube you’ll see the traffic dashcams around Russia and you’ll be like oh my god these people drive crazy they do drive crazy and when you’re in the crosswalk it’s like they’re aiming for you you got to be really careful with that okay so just heads up on that one the a thing that’s gonna shock you when you come here is sticker shock Russia is expensive whether it’s getting your visa cause hotels restaurants for tourists it can be quite expensive proposition coming here and you will be shocked at some times there’s two prices one for the locals and one for travelers so you will have to pay more for museums or other things so just just be ready for that don’t be shocked by just realize it can happen and don’t get don’t try to trick them because you’ll be shocked will they’ll realize dude you’re not Russian okay now the ninth ins gonna shock you you come here is the hassle and the pain and the button is of getting your Russian visa you gotta I mean this is one things you got me planners like a month in advance you know it’s not something you can do last minute to come you really have to think about this so because it can take with an agency you know like four or five days or it could take up to a month you’re doing it on your own and getting the invitations the hotel stuff oh it’s shockingly frustrating to do so just a heads up on that okay and the tenth thing it’s gonna shock you is when you’re in Moscow yes you really can see Lenin’s body no you probably can’t take pictures when you are there but you can see him so I hope you like your tint shocks if you want to learn more about visiting Russia things you’re gonna love and hey what you don’t do when you come here check us on our website at Walters worldcom we’re also twitter facebook instagram youtube all those fun things we put out new travel videos every Wednesday and Saturday so please do subscribe and have a great time here in Russia it is a lot cooler than you expected you will be shocked how much more fun you’ll have than everyone seems to tell you well bye

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