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Collapse of Ruble/Russian Visit 2015

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Today I ask for your help! I'm starting to plan trips for early in 2015, and if my health returns to normal this will include a return to Russia. I will fly to France in February or March, and may go onward to Russia after that. But I don't know which area to explore? There's absolutely no desire to return to Moscow. I don't like this city at all, and will likely fly to St. Petersburg as the starting point. As you all know, I love this city. What interesting places are not too far away? I've already explored Vyborg and Kronstadt. Is it worth the price to take the train to Finland? I've always wanted to go there. I want to visit an entirely new area, perhaps some really good and really bad cities which are not so geographically distant from Peter.


Of course, now is a much better time for an American to visit with the collapse of the ruble. The dollar will go very, very far in Russia but it isn't possible to hop on a plane today. I know this collapse is causing alarm and panic in many, but honestly I don't understand anything about financial markets, except that Russia's economy is so strongly tied to oil and this is the root of the problem. In the U.S., we see only benefits from the drop in oil prices, as it costs much less to fill up my gas tank the past few weeks. Am I supposed to feel guilty or horrible about this? Because I don't. In general, the collapse of the ruble is finally hitting Russians in the face, particularly those traveling abroad. Everything is costing my holiday guest from Russia twice as much as it did during his American visit last year.

Anyway, please know I'm thinking of my readers. I know Russians are a very strong and tough people. These are absolutely necessary traits for survival in your country, which chooses to live in its own sphere, and to a certain extent, in isolation in the game of modern geopolitical warfare. Based on some comments I read here on LJ, many Russians are willing to suffer in the short, or even long term, to continue to support the anti-Western stance of your leader. And you?


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grimalkin2006
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
Have you been to Novgorod and Pskov? I haven't, but according to what I know these ancient cities should be really interesting. What about the village of Kizhi with its wooden churches?
baby_rhino
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yep, I wanted to write about Pskov and Novgorod too. I especially love Novgorod, it's so small and peaceful, but Pskov is beautiful in its own way too.
I think Kizhi is further away from St.P.
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grimalkin2006
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know about Finland, but the nearby Estonia is really worth visiting.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
Estonia - I visited last autumn during a big Eastern European road trip with my Russian friend. We traveled to rural areas, where we met many lovely people. I wish we could have spent more time there. http://peacetraveler22.livejournal.com/52476.html
harlampiev
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Fly here at the new year vacation! Till prices doesnt grows up. Youll be milliarder!!!!!=)))))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
What is your favorite Russian city?
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genka8
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't count on the cheap prices. Russians have not forgot how to tie all domestic pricing to dollars.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
I don't need to buy much when I'm in Russia, or pay for accommodations, because I'm usually staying with Russian friends. But you live in the U.S., right?
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notabler
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
I thought that Alexander, your Russian friend and traveller, is now in US. He knows all the Russia throughout and can give you the best advice. I'd go by train through all the country , stop in several places (Baikal lake, ez) and finish in Vladivostok. Then you could fly straight to US or visit Japan on your way. It takes about 7-8 days, I think. You meet so many people on the train, it's the best place to open the soul to stranger.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, Alexander is here with me in Virginia for the holidays. I already know his advice. :) So, I was looking for the input of others. I'm worried to travel so long on the train by myself because of language barriers. But I do love the train!
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wise_gorilla
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Bring as many dollars with you as possible. It will help support the ruble.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
And when will you visit America? We have a zoo right by my house. I will be pleased to take you there for housing during our stay. :)
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ilfn
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Анекдот - Как же все ЗАТРАХАЛИ с этим долларом, евро, экономикой!!! Поговорить больше не о чем? Новый год вот скоро
— Председатель ЦБ, успокойтесь и сядьте на место.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
Are you worried, or believe this damage is only short term?
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juan_gandhi
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
St. Petersburg is beautiful. Just walk through it (I can recommend a couple of friends to accompany you), visit the Hermitage, Russian Museum; then the palaces, like Peterhof, etc. Early spring is definitely not the best time to visit SPb, but well..

It also makes sense to go see Ladoga and Schlisselburg.

Vyborg, I personally love it. And it's good in March. Sad, rustic, but with a hope.
Helsinki is a good place too; and it seems like everybody speaks fluent English there.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
I've been to St. Petersburg several times, and most of the places you mentioned. I loved Vyborg, so ancient and rustic, but I visited in winter time which sort of added to the depressing landscape. I think it's easy to find a lot of English speakers in all Nordic countries. Of course, my dream is to visit Iceland. But it's not a possibility in the near future. Very expensive, and now they have very limited daylight hours.
autumn_rainy
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest Kizhi as well. And maybe Veliki Novgorod, although I've never been there myself. Depends on what you want to see - culture? Nature?
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
I like culture and nature. :) Veliki Novgorod, this is different than Novgorod? I'm always getting confused by this.
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little_bes
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
I think Kizhi very interesting to visit.
Rather grim, but with a very rich history of the place - Shlissel'burg
But best of all - the Urals:-)
As for the ruble and the dollar ...
The economy in this situation over a couple of weeks ago, and now in this situation only politics and speculation. Let's wait and see ... not the first time
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, and in the Urals it's especially cold and snowy. :)) I have contacts in Yekaterinburg so this city is always a possibility. Mountainous regions are my favorite.
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crazyseo1
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)


In St. Petersburg, be sure to look at Peterhof
This Russian Versailles
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
I visited a frozen Peterhof...in the middle of winter! Beauty!! :)) http://peacetraveler22.livejournal.com/16166.html
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sov0k
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
Novgorod is the obvious choice. It's the oldest Russian city, which remained independent from Moscow for the most part of the Middle Ages. Many old churches there, and BTW people are generally the nicest of all Russians.

Also, the Schlisselburg fortress is a great destination for a 1-day trip from SPb. (Here some photos)

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peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I have already visited! What are some other options, that can be easily reached by train?
pin_gwin
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
I do not think it is a good time of the year to go to northern Russia. It is still winter there. How about flying to Krym or Sochi? It should be wormer there.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sochi? I have already been and did not like it. It's so strange to be in warm Russia in February, when I went for the Olympic Games. Have you forgotten? I love freezing cold and snow, so Russian winter is my favorite time to travel there. :)
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a_nimaida
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
came to Kazan)
http://gelio.livejournal.com/198040.html

why do you always traveling in the winter?
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
Because I get sick in hot temperatures. My body does not tolerate heat very well, so I like to travel in autumn and winter. Everyone tells me Kazan is very nice. I will think about visiting there. You are living there now?
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arkan_pitersky
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
All Russian support Putin, and we do not need martyrs, we will win!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
Not "all" Russians support Putin, but yes many do. Seems their loyalty remains strong, and will probably continue to strengthen even if the currency collapse becomes more dire. Population is easily controlled and brain-washed to find enemies in everyone else, but not internally.
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