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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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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Travel With RZD. How Comfortable Is it?

Living in a country with grotesque territory is some kind of blessing for a person with itchy feet like me. It just means I will have more things to see and places to explore. As an Indonesian I can't complain much. Everyone who asks me about my country of origin says, "Wow! You are so lucky. You can go to Bali because it is so close." However, Indonesia is definitely not only about Bali. BUT I don’t live in Indonesia anymore. I am ‘trapped’ here in Russia where people tend to say, "Oh gosh. You are crazy. What on earth are you doing there?" Believe it or…

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Fun Things to do In St.Petersburg During the Summer: One Day Itinerary For Real Slacker

St. Petersburg isn’t always freezing like lots of people might imagine whenever they hear the word “Russia” mentioned. They do have sunny warm days that lure everyone into spending more time outdoors instead of hiding under their cozy blankets. I have visited this town more than 4 times, all of them on gloomy windy chilly March, September, October, or December days. So, the decision I made after that was just, "Okay, that will be my last. I won’t go to St. Petersburg anymore and I really don’t understand why people keep telling me that it is beautiful.” But, it seems I always forget the things I said…

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5 Russian Movies to Watch (Comedy) – A good way for improving your language (only for intermediate)

Many have said that to fully immerse yourself in a language, you need to try to comprehend their way of thinking. But, to understand their way of thinking, first of all, you need to speak their language. Like it or not, you can’t deny that learning a language of your destination country, especially if you plan to stay there longer than any normal tourists will ever do, is as important as the air itself. Learning the local language will not only help you in daily life situations, but also will help you adapt better and faster, reducing homesickness that sometimes attacks you out of the blue. One…

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