Category Archives: Everyday life

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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Flying out of Domodedovo – not your average airport!

When I departed Russia I flew out of Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, and like the rest of the country, it was a little peculiar.

Why is there a 'Foster's Bar' at a Russian airport? Continue reading

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Russian payday lenders and clever advertisements

Continuing on my theme of Russian retailers listing their nearest metro station in their advertising, when riding the Nizhny Novgorod Metro I found another interesting advertisement – this time for a payday lender called «Нано-Финанс» (Nano Finance).

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Supermarket shopping in Russia

During my visit to Russia, I spent a number of days at the same place in Saint Petersburg, so I hit up the local supermarket for some provisions.

'хлопья Завтраки' (breakfast cereal) aisle in a Russian supermarket Continue reading

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Russian retailers advertising their nearest metro station

During my trip to Russia I discovered something I haven’t seen elsewhere – advertisements for retailers, where each store has the nearest metro station listed.

Onboard advertisement list the Metro stations to reach the store in question Continue reading

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Shopping at Ulmart – Russia’s answer to Amazon.com

Ulmart (Юлмарт) is a Russian retail chain selling computer hardware, digital and consumer electronics. Open 24 hours a day, each store is nothing like a retail store in the West, as I discovered when I visited one of their stores in Saint Petersburg.

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