From Russia With Love!
Written by L. Tyler
6 months ago when I went to Ukraine,I decided to continue my trend of going to places off most tourists radar. I decided to continue being great and go to Russia.
Now, I know you're thinking of 3 things regarding that sentiment:
1: WHY WOULD YOU GO THERE?!
2: *in Soulja Boy's voice* RUUUUSSSIIAA?!?!
3: Do they like melanated folks over there?
Now that I have your attention, let's address the elephant in the room. Do they like melanated folks over there? In MY personal experience, yes. Very much so. I was embraced by the locals. If I looked lost, they were there to help, despite the language barrier(more on that later). I made a ton of friends, and was even given a gift of vodka and shot glasses upon my departure.
Now that we got that out of the way, let's proceed to be great, and go to Russia.
Russia is by FAR the biggest country in the world in terms of size. It's so big, that it has 11 time zones! A flight from one side of the country to the other will take 8 hours. That's how long it takes to fly from Chicago to London!
Russia is home to LEGENDARY beurocracy, evident by the visa process. I won't be getting into that because I wrote a lengthy post on it, and it didn't get that much love on it. Search for that post if you want further info on how to obtain that coveted Visa
Moscow has 3 airports:Sheremetyevo (SVO), Domodedovo (DME) and Vnukovo (VKO) . Coming from the U.S, your point of entry will be Sheremetyevo Airport.
Money: Russia has their own currency called the Ruble. 1 Ruble equals about 15 cents U.S.