Stunning Views from Sparrow Hill

Moscow is a pretty flat city (great for any cyclists out there), which means you don’t need to go far to get to the highest point. Sparrow Hills, by Moscow State University sits in the…


Russian name days

Understanding Russian Name Days

There are many traditions that can seem strange to foreigners and Russian name days are one of them. Although they are not widely celebrated any more, you may just come across a name day celebration…


Free Walking Tours

Free Walking Tours in Moscow

When you are new to a city, being shown around is a great way to get your bearings and for this reason, many tourists opt for a paid tour. However not everyone enjoys or can…


Business Lunch

Business Lunch Russian Style

There are many strange cultural nuances in Russia, but when you see a ‘Business Lunch’ advertised, you suddenly think things aren’t so different after all. Sorry to disappoint you, but they are. A Russian business…



Drink Moscow Tap Water

Can You Drink Moscow Tap Water?

One of the first questions many seasoned travellers, or potential expats, will ask before coming to Moscow is ‘can you drink Moscow tap water’? As you will likely know, in many places around the world…


Russian Hand Shaking Etiquette

Russian Hand Shaking Etiquette

The hand shake is an almost universal greeting, but here in Russia there are some very specific points of etiquette surrounding the good old handshake that may confuse foreigners. Here in this article I will…


Poklonnaya Hill

Poklonnaya Hill

At 171.5m, Poklonnaya Hill is one of the highest spots in Moscow, but it is much more than just a hill! In Russian, Poklonnaya roughly stands for ‘Worshipful Submission Hill’, as it was the place where…


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