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Tourist traps and pitfalls / Re: Northway gift shop means No way
« Last post by Mike on December 24, 2013, 05:21:49 AM »
 :) I rather enjoyed it. High quality, and they do seem to treat you better if you spend a lot of money. I ended up buying a couple of fur hats not overpriced. I probably wouldn't have been allowed access either if it weren't for the group I was with. I did go in with the intention of spending money and that I did. Would have saved me quite a bit of money if they would have turned me away. That being said, don't judge a book by it's cover. Also a decent souvenir market near Catherine's Summer Palace.
Russian Humor / Soviet Art You Never Saw!
« Last post by Sennaya on October 02, 2013, 04:47:55 PM »
Soviet Art You Never Saw!
Morale boosting posters of the Soviet era always followed officla party rules for Art, never showing women as attractive except for working for the betterment of  Soviet society.  Artist Valery Barykin explores the question, what if American style pin-ups were allowed in Soviet times, what kind of Art might have been seen?
Fun, humorous, and a little sexy, something not usually associated with the official art of the times!
Events, Holidays and Festivals / Re: Maslenitsa is an ancient Russian holiday
« Last post by ElizabethSamantha on June 14, 2013, 08:53:26 AM »
Russia is widely known for their rich legacy and dynamic local cuisine.
It is totally remarkable and adorable..   

Attractions and things to do in St. Petersburg / Re: Nov. 19: World Day of Toilets
« Last post by K. Cheung on May 21, 2013, 09:48:11 AM »
November 19th is celebrated as  World Day of toilets
As part of a holiday in many capitals have been meeting at the highest level. And ironically there was inappropriate: "abode of sorrowful thoughts" in virtually all countries is far from perfect.

Meanwhile, 2.6 billion people across the earth have not the slightest idea about the latest developments in the field of plumbing - they have never seen a toilet, and need to manage at such places as the directors of horror films even hesitate to move into such "decorations" action his paintings.

 Asians, for example, getting into a public restroom anywhere in the U.S., barely a faint do not fall: the doors to the booths seem to make very economical producers, because of what the legs, and even underwear secluded become visible to all comers . A notorious queue in the ladies toilets and dirt in the station closet, and the discrepancy latrines environmental standards?

"Nov. 19: World Day of Toilets" this is really very joking. Toilets day ! i haven't think that toilets day observe in many countries and gives public holiday. In Asia toilets ......... Ha ha ha.....
Hollywood just can't make it believable sometimes when they head for Russia.  The Cyrillic alphabet is always messing with their ideas.  Take passports for example. Russian passports have both Russian Cyrillic alphabet and English Latin alphabet words on them.

Matt Damon in the 2004 movie “The Bourne Supremacy” shows a forged Russian passport with the odd but possible name “Foma Kinaev,” written in the Latin alphabet. The Cyrillic words, supposedly the same name, reads “Ashchf Lshtfum,” a bunch of impossible consonants. 

Whoever wrote the fake passport apparently switched the computer keyboard over to Russian Cyrillic, typed in “Foma Kinaev” thinking it would translate properly. Not only does Russian have more letters in its alphabet, they are located in different spots on the keyboard. 

Letter for letter "Foma Kinaev"  would be "Фома KIнaев."  That sounds much better in Russian than phonetic sounds Ashchf Lshtfum!

Thankfully, Matt only faced actors in a movie. In real life he would have been busted immediately.   

The Bourne Supreme Fail!
May 13 is the Day of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia.
Day of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia - an annual holiday celebrated on May 13 in honor of the Black Sea Fleet.
The holiday was established in 1996.

День Черноморского флота ВМФ России
— ежегодный праздник, отмечаемый 13 мая в честь создания Черноморского флота. День был учрежден в 1996 году.
С праздником!!!
Events, Holidays and Festivals / Orthodox Easter on Sunday May 5th, 2013 !
« Last post by Sennaya on March 31, 2013, 01:21:42 PM »
In 2013 Western Easter is March 31, 2013 and Orthodox Easter celebrated in Russia is a month later, May 5, 2013.

The date of the Orthodox Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon (PFM) date for the year, using the Julian Calendar. For 2013 the date of the Orthodox Easter is May 5th. Catholic Easter on the other hand is calculated based on the Gregorian calendar, and for 2013 the date is on March 31st.

The two churches vary on the definition of the vernal equinox and the full moon. The Eastern Church sets the date of Easter according to the actual, astronomical full moon and the actual equinox as observed along the meridian of Jerusalem, site of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

The Eastern Orthodox Church applies the formula so that Easter always falls after Passover, since the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ took place after he entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. In the Western Church, Easter sometimes precedes Passover by weeks.

Maybe the later date helps the colder parts of Russia have Easter with good Spring weather!
Events, Holidays and Festivals / Maslenitsa 2013, March 11-17th
« Last post by Sennaya on March 12, 2013, 07:22:56 AM »
Maslenitsa - масленица comes from maslo - масло -- oil or butter. It marks the end of Winter and the anticipation of spring. The holidays are celebrated from March 11 through March 17 in 2013.
Be sure to eat lots of blini - Russian pancakes wrapped around your favorite fillings. Imagine blini as the round warm sun and feel Spring is coming!
If you can't find blini, makes some crepes or even American pancakes and feel warm and happy!
Along with the fake meteors for sale there is a lot of humor.

Read my blog about it:
It started as a Day of Russian Army and Navy in 1922.

Many years since.

Congratulation! But this year all men will have to celebrate in May. Sorry guys but it's Russian government's decision. I don't like it too.

Calendar of Russian Holidays for 2013 year is here:
Pink are holidays, red are weekends.
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