Giving Birth in Russia Part 1

Imagine that you are staying in a very old hospital. The doctors are serious, the nurses stern. The facilities are the bare minimum needed during your hardest time of labor. This might make you think twice about getting pregnant in Russia. But, wait...Is this the description of a hospital you get from Hollywood movies? If it is, please simply turn your television off and find more reliable sources! Most of the hospitals spread throughout much of the cities were built during the Soviet era, which will make you judge at first glance that the hospital is just "old"; not fashionable, not looking like the modern, sophisticated hospitals in…

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Free Things-To-Do in Gothenburg – One Day Itinerary

Visiting a pricey destination needs more preparation, especially if you can’t afford a spending splurge (read: need to be stingy) and prefer to travel wisely and modestly. The most essential thing to do on your list: check free-entrance attractions or sightseeing activities available in the town. Second on your list: find other ways to spend your time if point one fails. And last but not least – let’s pray and hope that you don’t need to be a beggar in your destination country, or work part-time as a dishwasher because you are flat broke. My second destination after Stockholm is Gothenburg, another expensive city in Sweden. Under…

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Banks in Russia, Which One Should You Choose?

Finding a credible bank is not an easy job, especially if you are an expat living in a new country. A country which, according to some judgmental people (even though they have never set foot there before), is so dangerous and corrupted that you'd better not move there or even think to save your money there! Putin will use it for maintaining his power! Oh, no! Believe me, dear, what you have in your bank account is about enough for those oligarchies to buy a box of their favorite candy or a toothpick. To be honest, I used to believe that and refused to transfer my cash…

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Tartu In A Day

Thanks to its strategic location just a stone’s throw away from the Russian border, Tartu has become one of the most well-known cities among Russians, especially those who live close to the border (St. Petersburg or Pskov). Locals frequently commute between these cities—just to get staples at a more friendly price, such as cheese, beer and so forth—which takes approximately 3 hours round trip (including passport control in both countries’ posts). Remember, these staples are essential for many families in Russia.Following that ‘trend’, we got an idea to kill two birds with one stone—visiting Pskov and flying to Tartu before finally ending our journey in Tallinn and…

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Made in Russia

Sanction, sanction, sanction… Living in alienation under a deluge of sanctions sometimes has a silver lining. It means you must be super creative to fulfill the needs of your citizens under millions of boycotts that limit your opportunity to import products. And, in a country like Russia, where the government controls almost every aspect of its citizens' lives, the condition is far more complicated. Although the Russian government doesn’t block all western sites, such as Google or Amazon, we still have a problem with delivery and shipment. Some sites don’t provide shipment to Russia as their packages often disappear out of the blue with “the super service”…

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