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Visa Vagarities – visiting Russia

by Geneva Observer   Unfortunately I am not one of the lucky few whose mother dropped them on a favored part of the planet blessed with visa free travel to Russia. The two states that makes claim to me have not yet found it in their interest to go forth and negotiate anything but the most annoying terms to visit. I can choose which passport I go with to the

Traveler’s toothache – Russian dentist

by the Geneva Observer My tooth ache was too much. Natasha made the call. My fear of the dentist is something like the elephant and the mouse. I may not be an elephant, but my dentist would be considerably smaller than me, a woman dentist, wearing studded earrings, and perfectly glossed nails. The dental clinic was one of the most modern in Yaroslavl. They accepted the challenge of dealing with

First-hand experience with Russian Emergency Service

by the Geneva Observer Part I Part II Being invited for the first time to your mother-in-law can be a traumatic experience for some. It is especially so when neither speaks the other’s mother tongue. We compromised and decided we would converse in German (she tutors German). Two days before her bathroom light had given up its ghost. The lady had been in darkness for two days, waiting for enlightenment

Trip to Moscow, by the Geneva Observer

Hello Scott,   We have safely arrived from Geneva, both very tired (both of us had to get up at 5am). I am quickly having to learn the Cyrillic alphabet and a few words I can start recognizing (already knowing German, French and English is a big help -Russian, despite the different alphabet is a very much European language). We found a bank to change money. Very well organized, very

A bird’s-eye view of Russia

A bird’s-eye view of Russia   Tver, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Crime, Hersone, Sevastopol, Yalta, Krasnodar, Sochi, Novorossiysk, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Uglich Music by Alexander Borodin. Opera Prince Igor. Fly on the wings of the wind. Performed by Natasha Morozova You can also search for the videos of YouTube using the Russian title  Улетай на крыльях ветра (Песня пленниц Опера Бородина “Князь Игорь”). No. 17, “Polovtsian Dance with Chorus” [“Половецкая пляска с

Moscow property that Putin could close for Washington, by Scott

Front running a steadily moving train of Russian foreign politic, the Western corporate media announced the possibility of 35 American diplomats being expelled from Russia and barring all who remain from using two properties, one is an industrial size warehouse, and another referred to as a “wooded picnic area.” If you think that a “wooded picnic area” means a couple of tables and a barbecue grill in a park,  you

Kolomna near Moscow home of ancient monasteries, churches, giant dogs, and movies, by Scott

Kolomna is an ancient city of Moscow Oblast, Russia, situated at the confluence of the Moskva and Oka Rivers, 114 kilometers southeast of Moscow. More than 70 movies were made in Kolomna, because of its absolutely unique preserved medieval atmosphere. Kolomna Air Balloon ride April 2016 Kolomna is famous for its Bobrenev monastery, founded at 1381. Nikola Gostiny’s church (Nikolskaya) was founded in 1530. Monument to Dmitry Donskoy in front

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