5 main mistakes of foreign tourists in Moscow
The saying goes that with its charter in a foreign monastery is better not to meddle. For Moscow, a state in a state, this unwritten rule is also relevant, especially when it comes to visitors from other countries. How to behave in the capital of Russia so that people on the streets do not stare at you as if on a monster who flew in from another planet?
Foreign tourists who visited Moscow talk about what mistakes they made here and how to avoid them.
Follow the crowd
Walking routes prepared for the visit of tourists by representatives of local business are in almost every major city in the world. They are all somewhat similar to each other, and everyone equally sucks the time, attention and money from the poor fellows with cameras. Such traps are in Moscow.
“Most tourists will learn about Arbat Street from guidebooks or from books of Russian writers, so their curiosity is to some extent explainable.But in fact it’s just a tourist trap promoted among foreigners visiting Moscow. It’s hard to find something really interesting among rather mediocre and expensive cafes. At the same time, in addition to the Arbat, places quite interesting from a tourist point of view are in Moscow. If you make friends with one of the locals, they will surely show you a Moscow that 99% of tourists have never seen, ”Jacob Gordon from the USA shared his experience.
To think that Moscow is hell winter all year round
“One Russian friend once told me that of all the stereotypes about Russia that exist in the collective consciousness of foreigners, only three are related to reality: here they really drink vodka, there really are bears and it is terribly cold here. Well, suppose, but it’s terribly cold in Russia all year round. Unfortunately, not all tourists realize this. Italians, going to Russia, take with themselves warm jackets and sweaters. Even in summer, they don’t think that they need T-shirts rather than a coat, ”says Dileta Ceruti from Italy.
However, there are opposite examples. “Many tourists, going to Russia, do not prepare themselves for rather severe weather conditions.They take light boots with them, which take on an eerie look from all this salt scattered around the streets in winter, ”said Englishman Louis Whitworth.
Too accurate to follow signposted routes.
Some tourists very easily lose their orientation in big cities, and let's face it: Moscow is a huge city. But the center of Moscow is compact enough.
“Frequently visiting Moscow, foreigners do not even realize how much time they spend on transfers from one metro line to another, when it would be almost faster to reach their destination,” said Alastar Gill from the UK.
Cease to be guided by common sense
People sometimes forget that certain rules of conduct that are relevant to them when they are at home are quite applicable on a tourist trip.
“In my opinion, the biggest mistake that foreigners make in Moscow is to believe that it would be too rude to say no or just leave when they turn around if something doesn’t suit you or annoying you,” says Michael Dizi from Canada.
“Every time I advise tourists from my groups not to stare at the police in Moscow: if they catch a glance, they are likely to decide to check the documents and can easily issue a fine.This happened several times right before my eyes. Plus, I constantly say that you should not put your wallet in the back pocket of your pants, especially when walking along a busy street or moving into the subway. After all, they will immediately pull him out, ”advises Peter Ishkin, a tour guide who conducts excursions for foreigners in Moscow.
Considering that stupid stereotypes from the distant past is the objective reality of the present day.
It is difficult to deny the fact that lately Moscow has seriously changed. But on Russia, all these labels from ancient times, the popular rumors are hung almost more intensively than on any other country in the world. Do not let them fool their heads.
“I think that the grave mistake that many people make when they go to Moscow is to confide in everything that they tell you about this city. Most of this information has lost relevance 10-15 years ago. Yes, at that time everything was different here. Moscow, which I personally met, is not at all like the city that everyone told me about before I got here for the first time. Do not allow prejudices to clutter up your head, ”says Canadian Joe MacInnes.