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    Studying and living in Moscow

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    Hello everybody!!
    I will be going to study in Moscow soon, in September actually, to go for the October of the preparatory course intake for medicine.
    I would like to know, about the many tips and information regarding living life in Moscow. Maybe some of you, or any Moscowites in this site, can lend me a greatly needed helping hand.

    Please tell me about the:
    1. Staple food
    2. Climate
    3: Clothes- including the winterwear
    4. People & culture- what is sensitive- for example dogs to muslims in Malaysia.
    5. Dishes
    6. Cheap things
    7. Expensive things
    8. Cost of living

    Well... this are the things that are boggling my mind before I go to bed every night. I hope some of you can help me with some of the questions that I have... thanks so much everybody! I appreciate your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Soon
    Hello everybody!!
    I will be going to study in Moscow soon, in September actually, to go for the October of the preparatory course intake for medicine.
    I would like to know, about the many tips and information regarding living life in Moscow. Maybe some of you, or any Moscowites in this site, can lend me a greatly needed helping hand.

    Please tell me about the:
    1. Staple food
    2. Climate
    3: Clothes- including the winterwear
    4. People & culture- what is sensitive- for example dogs to muslims in Malaysia.
    5. Dishes
    6. Cheap things
    7. Expensive things
    8. Cost of living

    Well... this are the things that are boggling my mind before I go to bed every night. I hope some of you can help me with some of the questions that I have... thanks so much everybody! I appreciate your help!
    I'd recommend buying the Lonely Planet Moscow travel pack.

    See http://shop.lonelyplanet.com/product...ry=Russia&

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    Hello there

    Your name suggests that you're an Asian, may I presume you're a Malaysian? I am going to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia next Thursday. If you have anything to share with me or questions feel free to e-mail me at kmteoh98@hotmail.com

    I bought minimal winter apparels because I will arrive in Spring, I don't think it will be too cold. So I'm going to buy most of the winter apparels over there. A lot of Malaysians are bringing (or brought) rice cookers to Russia. So maybe you might want to consider sharing a small rice cooker with some of your future roommates.

    That's all for now, good luck.

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    Learning about Moscow

    This may not be the fastest way but here is a radio program out of Moscow that answers a lot of questions about daily life in Russia. I think it has been running for over 40 years with the same host. It is a weekly show but they archive and make available about one show a month over the past 3 or so years. I am personally a huge fan of the BBC radio but this may be my fav radio prog overall because I too really want to go to Moscow and will be moving there next January. Happy listening.

    http://www.vor.ru/Moscow_Mailbag/Adamov.html

    The new ones are broadcast here on the Saturday afternoon English program not the morning program.

    http://wrn.org/listeners/stations/st...p?StationID=25

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    Thanks, guys. I really value your feedback. And to kmteoh, yeah, I applied for RSMU and will most probably be going there late September.
    I am actually just interested on how to live in an expensive city at minimal costs- say US200 a month max?
    I wonder how the locals carry on their lives... without spending too much. For example although my country is famous for 'Satay' (barbecued meat), I don't eat it everyday because it is expensive. Most households in Malaysia eat simple dishes of rice, veges and meat everyday.
    So, I would really want to know how the local Russians lead their lives...

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    Living Cheaply

    For sure you can live cheaply but remember that most of the "average" Russians are not very healthy. I don't know about where you live but according to that radio program you have to biol tap water in Moscow. $200 seems pretty cheap but then again according to that same program medical doctors working for the government earn less than that a month so it must be possible.

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    info

    . Staple food

    Frankly speaking Europeans (including Russians) don’t spend as much time as the Asians for coking daily food.A Russian staple food consists of some boiled kartofils(potatoes) salad(the most important) , boiled chicken, Rice/Something Resembling Chowmein (but lot more thicker than noodles) , Tea and biscuits .
    However if Asians want to cook their own staple food all the raw materials are easily available in the market EXCEPT for SPICES.If your staple food consists of Spices be sure to bring then with you coz spices are rare and costly in Russia .

    You can bring a rice cooker or a pressure cooker (its not available in Russia) other than that don’t bring anything else .For utensils its better to buy those in Moscow - they are not very expensive

    2. Climate
    Winter starts from end of November and becomes most extreme during End of Dec Till March- when the temperature reaches to -30 ..Its tough life then and u will prefer to stay indoors.. any hostel/ flat will have a central heating system and the temperature will be maintained at +20 indoors so you will remain comfortable there... but as soon as u go out doors all will appear black n white .
    Apart from the winter the rest of the year is quite sunny .May till sept is the best time you will hardly have any night (sounds unbelievable?..Read geography)

    3: Clothes- including the winter wear
    Just bring some jeans and some shirts and a pair of suit pant n tie
    don’t do the common mistake of Buying winter wear in your country ..coz in 90% cases you will need to buy local winter wears in spite of bringing winter clothes from home....In Russia u need Russian winter clothes ..Bring enough money to Buy
    1 a far lined winter Jacket(100$)
    2 Far shoe (50$)
    3 far lined Gloves (10$)
    4 Leather cap(10$)
    make sure u buy them from Russian local market and not from anywhere else
    4. People & culture- what is sensitive- for example dogs to muslims in Malaysia.

    Russians are generally shy snob .....dont speak loudly when u are in Public places....Always be dressed in a presentable way(avoid casuals)....never speak with someone specially women with ur hats on .....if u are a boy the never touch another boy while u r walking even if he is ur closest friend ..well u dont have any such restrictions with an opposite sex ......and Yes forget the Terms Sir Madam etc for ur teachers ..in Russia ur teachers ll scold u/feel irritated if u tell sir or madam rather if u want to show respect u must call him or her by his/her full name Russians dont like nicknames and the sir/ madam concept is not established in Russian culture ..........never show discrimination / disrespect to ladies ...b chivalrous while dealing with women of any age...B ready to pay fr a lady if u are on date with ....avoid going out at night ...drink as much as u want but never get drunk else u will be beaten up by local young men....Remember this is Europe and not Asia so u need a lot of polish ..Learn table manners etc …BE SURE THAT U ATTEND UR CLASSES AND LECTURE EVERYDAY THE GREATEST CRIME IN RUSSIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM IS BEING ABSENT to classes…100% attendance is a MUST for Getting ur CREDITS ……… thats all i can remember ...i ll tell more if i can remember





    6. Cheap things
    Chocolates, ice creams , General food ingredients (ie rice , wheat, vegetable chicken etc), Electronic goods (mobiles , computers, digital cams etc) , mobile connections (electricity gas telephone newspaper water health care etc are FREE)
    7. Expensive things
    Restaurants, Fines, anything that involves human labor, Flats on rent
    8. Cost of living
    Depends upon u but generally foreign students spend 30- 100$ per month (excluding Tuition and accommodation)
    I spend 70 $ monthly ..this includes normal food , 24 hrs internet connection , mobile connection , disco costs(once a week)and One packet of Cigarette a day ....if u spend on alcohol, discos , girls ,International calls , car etc then the costs will go on rising

    hope this info helps u ...b free to ask more ...and don’t forget to take English medical books with u.....coz u ll hardly find English books out there ...if u need info about which books to take let me know so that I may help….

    I don't think that the Suggestions from Lonely planet or any other website will be of help coz none will tell u about ur life as a student all will give u advice as a tourist ….and some will make u confused and depressed …(that was my experience 3 yrs back )
    3rd Year MD Student (Gen Medicine)
    6 Year English Medium Programme
    St Petersburg, Russia

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    Quote Originally Posted by drtintin
    I don't think that the Suggestions from Lonely planet or any other website will be of help coz none will tell u about ur life as a student all will give u advice as a tourist �.and some will make u confused and depressed �(that was my experience 3 yrs back )
    How will solid information about a country (or city) make you confused and depressed?

    I've found the Lonely planet series to be one of the most informative travel guides. No one will argue that they are complete, but as an easily available overview and a reference IMO, they are unbeatable.

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    I do accept the Lonely planet gives u a good solid info but these websites view Russia under the eyes of a novice ....this may be helpful fr those making a trip fr few days or months but when u are going to settle there fr 6 years u need different kind of info ...under such circumstances its better get info from some Russian who has been abroad rather than some foreigner who has been in Russia ....Specially when its Russia its too tough fr a foreigner to understand this country coz language is a big problem ....u seldom find people knowing english in the streets .....I think this website give a more practical info about Russia than lonely planet...u can have a look

    http://www.waytorussia.net/index.html
    3rd Year MD Student (Gen Medicine)
    6 Year English Medium Programme
    St Petersburg, Russia

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    i hope u ll like the website coz it frequently criticizes Russia indirectly!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3rd Year MD Student (Gen Medicine)
    6 Year English Medium Programme
    St Petersburg, Russia

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