Category Archives: Everyday life

Get your Crapdogs and VD in Kiev

There are plenty of foreign names that look funny to an outsider – I found a few in Kiev.

What looks like 'Crapdogs' is actually 'Stardogs' Continue reading

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‘You break it, you buy it’ at Russian restaurants

Restaurant menus around the world are usually pretty simple, but in post-Soviet countries some restaurants include something extra – a section titled «бой посуды» (“battle dishes”).

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Mobile coffee trucks on the streets of Kiev

Before I visited Kiev I never thought that it would be a city that takes coffee seriously, but it appears that the local residents love to drink the stuff – coffee carts fill the streets.

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Smoking in the former Soviet Union

Cigarettes are dirt cheap all across the former Soviet Union, hence why smoking is so prolific. In Kiev I found cigarette packs for sale between 7 and 30 Ukrainian hryvnia – about US$0.85 to US$3.70! And cigarette displays were in […]

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Icebreakers on the River Neva, Saint Petersburg

During cold Russian winters the River Neva through Saint Petersburg becomes covered with ice, with icebreakers required to keep the waterway open.

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Learner drivers in Russia

A few times in Russia I spotted an odd sticker affixed to car windshields – an exclamation mark inside a yellow box. But what do they indicate?

Exclamation sticker on the windscreen of a Russian carContinue reading

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Churches of Nizhny Novgorod

One thing struck me when exploring the old town of the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod – just how many churches there were to see.

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Petrol stations of Russia

Because I travelled across Russia by train I had no need to refuel a car, but I still saw plenty of petrol stations.

Лукойл (Lukoil) petrol station in Russia Continue reading

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Flushing my way across Europe

There is one thing you can’t avoid when travelling – needing to go to the toilet.

The only sign I can understand is 'Toilet' Continue reading

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Architecture of Nizhny Novgorod

Before I went to Russia I had never even heard of the city of Nizhny Novgorod, but I’m glad I paid a visit. Located a few hours west of the Russian capital at the confluence of the Volga and Oka Rivers, it is the fifth largest city in the country, but still a massive contrast to the big cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

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