Erin Bouma

Erin Bouma

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    What weather is expected at Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia in during August?

    It will likely be quite warm. The past two summers we had heatwaves in August in Moscow (28-37 degrees C.). Most places are air-conditioned. The atmosphere in Moscow is generally very dry but humidity rises when there are summer thundershowers. But it's always best to bring layers of short- and long-sleeved shirts. Shorts are not commonly worn in the city but OK if you are out in the countryside. Sandals and walking shoes are fine unless you'll be dressing up for business or a formal night out. about 6 years ago

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    Can a single 50+ woman travel alone in Russia

    In many ways, Russia is not user-friendly for independent Western tourists but if you are a seasoned traveler, can manage some simple Russian (and make out Cyrillic letters), you should be all right in most places. As a 70-year-old American woman, I've lived in Moscow for the past 22 years, I've traveled around Russia by train and took one 6-day boat cruise. I've also hosted many Western backpackers and travelers through Moscow, many of them going on or coming off of the Trans-Siberian Railway.. I do think you might get more out of your trip if you make some Russian friends in advance (online) and go visit or travel with them. You can find many hosts (for free) on hospitalityclub.org or couchsurfing.org in both the bigger cities and out of-the-way places. I can guarantee you'll receive great hospitality and have memorable experiences. Depending on your interests, there is a lot of interesting history and rich cultural resources found only in Russia. The weather is fairly comfortable between April-October. After that, you need a real winter wardrobe, but you'll also see the "real" Russia and be able to understand the life and people better. By the way, it's now possible for Americans to get a 3-year visitor's visa to Russia. Good Luck. over 6 years ago

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    Can you hop on and off the Trans-Siberian Railway?

    I understand that they now have a ticket for the whole length that is designed for just such a traveler. over 6 years ago

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    Which are the places in US worth visiting for an 18-year-old student who goes to the States for the first time?A million thanks!

    You could do an East Coast itinerary: Boston, New York, Philly, Washington and hit a couple of more rural areas in upstate New York, Pennsylvania or West Virginia. The East is full of history, iconic landmarks, museums and culture and larger cities. I would also suggest you consider a West Coast tour: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and a day trip or two. You would find the West is more relaxed and offers lots of outdoor recreation and scenery. Of course, the West Coast is a wider spread of territory with L.A. being the biggest city. I like to travel by train (Amtrak) and you could easily do these trips that way. I would recommend that you fly into a city at one end and fly back out at the other end. If you use the same airlines, they can make it a roundtrip fare. That way you'll see the most without doubling back. over 6 years ago

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    Is it viable to get visa for Russia through consulate or the only way is through travel agents whose fee is too high?

    I recommend you get your Russian visa on your own, if possible. Be aware that the entire process is time-consuming. There are 5 Russian consulates in the U.S. (N.Y.City, Washington, DC, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle) and they have all begun outsourcing visa applications. You can get their addresses, hours and maps online. You must first fill out your long visa application online and have it sent to the Visa service you will go/or mail to. For any Russian visa (business or tourist) you'll also need an additional "invitation" which means you'll need to approach a visa agency and pay a service fee for it. Some visas require that you submit the original invitation and others will allow a fax. Be warned that they are sticklers for small details and will not process anything with the smallest error and that's why it's best if you can do it in person. It may take up to two weeks before your passport is returned with the new visa. I hope this is helpful. Good Luck. over 6 years ago

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    Is Russia a real awful country to live?

    I've lived in Moscow for 22 years as an older American woman. Russia isn't an awful country at all. It's very interesting, full of good people (and the other kind, too), and an adventure. Many traditions and ways of doing things require patience and a sense of humor, but living in Russia you'll be rewarded for your effort to adjust to a very different kind of system and mentality. Many middle class professionals and young people in big cities have now been abroad and much of the old Soviet reality is slowly changing. Be aware, though, that Russia is not for everyone. The faint-hearted should stick to London, Amsterdam or Berlin. over 6 years ago