Be My Guest: Become a guest in a Russian House

Becoming a guest in somebody’s house is a pleasant experience, especially if that ‘somebody’ has a distinctive culture, different customs and a different language. You will not only be able to indulge yourself in some exquisite homemade traditional food served by your host, but also immerse yourself in a new culture. Russians have long embraced the concept that “the guest is a king”, which means if you are invited by them, there will be a guarantee that you won’t starve or be treated inappropriately. They will serve you as much food as they can cook to make sure that your tummy is full. Am I kidding? No,…

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Korchma — A traditional Ukrainian restaurant

Restaurants are everywhere, but if you're looking for something unusual, then Moscow is one of the best places to visit. Having a long history beginning with the immigration of the Russ to the downfall of USSR, Moscow has been influenced by its neighbors. It's no wonder there are hundreds of Georgian restaurants, Armenian food, and traditional Ukrainian restaurants on the street, trying to attract more visitors.  Korchma — Taras Bulba was actually a fictional character in one of Nikolay Gogol’s masterpieces. He was described as a Zaporozhian Cossack who went to battle against Poland. His appearance — with his unique ponytail — has become the official logo…

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Space Pavilion VDNKh!

Yuriy Gagarin and his charming smile Since I was a toddler, I always dreamt of being an astronout. It is probably because I was a big fan of a Manga cartoon from Japan, “Sailor Moon”, and thought that by flying to space I would get to meet them… Or! It was just my hidden passion that still remains today. I have always been interested in cosmic things: planets, the solar system, black holes, the big bang theory, and all that jazz. Unfortunately, living in Indonesia means that I need to bury it deeply as we don’t have enough resources or facilities related to the cosmos, space, and…

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VDNKh

​VDNKh, which stands for Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva, or in English – The Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy – is an official area that was built to be an exhibition and amusement park. Having a long history behind its establishment, such as a number of delays during the process, changes to the statues’ designs, names and so forth, VDNKh is considered a must-visit place during your stay in Moscow. ​Why do you need to visit this place? To be honest, this was the first time I paid the VDNKh a visit even though I have been living here for more than 4 years. That’s not…

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Public Transportation in Moscow

  As one of the most progressive cities in the world, Moscow provides lots of options for public transportation, which you can easily choose when you arrive in this historical capital city. But, as the saying goes, “better safe than sorry”; carefulness is something that you can’t just leave at home. Pack it in your bag and carry it along your journey! No matter how sophisticated the city is or how developed the country is, a review from someone who has already been to the country is always worth a read, right? Especially in this era, when you can access any kind of information via the internet.…

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