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    • moscow to samara by road

      Samara Apr 9, 2015 at 6:04 AM

      We would like to travel in our motor home from Moscow to Samara .
      how much time should we allocate to this road tour?
      we will be going on to Kurgan then into Kazakhstan to Astana.
      Hence knowledge about road conditions, time needed, facilities available en route would be greatly welcome .traveling during Aug 2015.Thank you in advance

    • Place to hike?

      Vladivostok Apr 24, 2015 at 7:09 AM

      I am gonna visit Vladivostok at the end of May. I just wonder any good place to hike for 2-3 hours in Vladivostok? Is it safe to hike alone?


    • airport safety

      Moscow Apr 11, 2015 at 2:33 PM

      long overnight stay on way to Croatia - sleeping lounge/rooms in the airport have very mixed reviews and no prices that I can find. There is a hotel right outside the terminal - no visa necessary - anyone have any suggestions or comments on safety?

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      Saint Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg 16 hours ago

      Is this workable:

      25 May Mon Day 03 : Moscow Vnukovo VKO - St. Petersburg Pulkovo LED (Taxi)–Aeroflot Rossiya SU6124 flight 09.30 – 11.00. St. Petersburg – Have driver & guide pick up directly from airport to Pushkin (1 Hr.) for Catherine Palace as per appointment time (closed on Tuesday & last Monday except for Summer, 670R, 30 min.). See the spacious airy ballroom, the “Grand Hall” or the “Hall of Lights”, with a spectacular painted ceiling, and comprises numerous distinctively decorated smaller rooms, including the reproduced Amber Room. Visiting the Imperial park, after the palace, and possibly the cute little town of Pushkin.

      Drive along the ‘Great Perspective’ famous today as Nevsky Prospect, lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy. Visit St. Issac’s Cathedral - the main church of the Russian Empire. Later, visit to The Peter and Paul Fortress - the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini’s designs from 1706-1740.

      Evening at Leisure or view ‘opening of the bridges’ along Neva River cruise. OR C-189 Submarine Museum. Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel. Pochtamtskaya Str 4 St. Petersburg - 190 000, RU. +78123804000

      26 May Tue Day 04 : St. Petersburg – Visit the Hermitage Museum (closed on Monday, 600R o18), a museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg. It is the largest and oldest museums in the world with collections comprising of nearly three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world.

      Proceed to Peterhof (closed on Monday, 700R o18, 45 min). It is famous for its series of palaces and gardens known as the Peterhof Palace, laid out on the orders of the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great and sometimes called the ‘Russian Versailles’. Later, visit the Grand Palace entering by the ornate Ceremonial Staircase and see the Ballroom, Throne Room, the Western Chinese Study, the Drawing Room, the Imperial Suite, the Oak Study Room and the Crown Room. Visit Faberge museum.

      From there, visit Church on Spilled Blood's interior, and maybe a canal cruise to see more of the city that is harder to see on foot. We could visit the Faberge Museum and palace, or visit Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral because they are open later.

      Tonight, we discover traditional Russian dance and music during an elegant reception at the Russian Folklore show.

      How do we fiat all this in??

      We have to go to Pushkin directly from the airport, to be able to see. How long will that take? Can we aim for the 1 pm slot (Our flight reaches at 11 am)?

      How and where do we hire minibus/van for 9 of us (including 1person 74 year old)?

      We would need English speaking guide / Driver and van/bus on all days I think? How and where to book these at a decent rate?

      Thanks friends

    • Helicopter tour over Saint Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg Apr 10, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      Hello everyone!

      Is anyone of you interested in sharing the costs of a helicopter tour? Me and my boyfriend are going to Petersburg next week and I want to surprise him with a helicopter tour. Unfortunately, the tour is too expensive for me and I can't afford the costs all on my own (; We would fly with a 3-person helicopter, the price is always the same: 23.500 rubles (I already got an discount of 2500 rubels). That means that if I would find one more who would like to take the tour with us, the price would be about 7.840 rubles. I would really, really love to take the heli-tour, because I think it's a lifetime experience. And what's more: the ruble is currently down - that means that this tour probably will never be that "cheap" again (;

      Many thanks in advance Judith


    • Bar for live football

      Saint Petersburg Apr 10, 2015 at 5:38 AM

      Hello everyone, I will be sunday afternoon in SPB and I am looking for a bar with a screen to watch live football
      The match I am looking for is Premier League in Belgium, so i guess it needs to be a large place with different screens and satellite TV
      any suggestions ??

      Thank you !

    • MTB and weekend bike tour

      Vladivostok Apr 25, 2015 at 6:05 AM

      According to wiki travel (, people love to bike to the islands on the weekend. I just wonder where I can find the bike rental in the downtown or in the islands?

      (By the way, what does the MTB stand for?)


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      Less than 2 days in St Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg Apr 29, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      We are 9 of a family, including 1 Sr. Citizen 74 years, and 4 children (11, 12, 14, 18 year old).

      We arrive at St Petersburg airport at about 11 am, from Moscow. Our hotel is Renaissance Baltic at Pochtamtskaya Str. 4. We leave for Helsinki by the 6.40 am Allegro Train on 27th May morning.

      We would like to see the Pushkin -- Catherine's Palace (i think on 25th itself, as I believe it is closed on Tuesday the 26th). How do we go about this? Do we go directly from airport bu private van/minibus? How do we arrange van with English speaking driver or guide?

      What else can we do on this day?

      We would like to visit the Hermitage and Winter Palace, The riverfront and the opening of the bridges etc.?

      How do we capture the essence in the short time that we have? What all can we do and see? Any activities??

      How do we reach the train so early in the morning of 27th May, from hotel??

      I know that these are a lot of questions, but please do help.

      Thanks in advance.

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      2 full days in Moscow

      Moscow Apr 29, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      We are 9 of a family, including 1 Sr. Citizen 74 years, and 4 children (11, 12, 14, 18 year old).

      Arrive in Moscow on 22-May. 5 of us arrive at hotel Marriott Moscow Grand at around 4 pm, the rest will arrive around 9 pm.

      We are there for the next 2 days, 23 and 24 May.

      What should we do? How do we hire a minibus / van with ENGLISH speaking guide or driver? Where all must one visit to get an essence of the city, its culture and history?

      We would like to visit the AK-47 shooting range. Are the children allowed?

      Can we combine Kremlin, Red Square, St Basil's on 23rd may? What else? Arbat?

      The circus can be kept for the 24th evening. What else can we do on that day?

      What can the 5 of us do near our hotel on 22nd evening, after checking in? (Marriott Moscow Grand, on Tverskaya Street)

      How do all of us go to Vnukovo Airport on 25th morning 9.30 flight to St. Petersburg? Will the metro be a better option or a van?

      I know that these are a lot of questions, but please do help.

      Thanks in advance.

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      Best Local Food Spots - Moscow & St. Petersburg

      Russia Apr 12, 2015 at 10:15 AM

      Heading to Russia in a Month, spending half the time in Moscow and the other in St. Petersburg. Looking for recommendations for favorite "local restaurants" as to not get stuck in the tourist trap. Not intimidated travelers by any means so any options are great options! thanks!

    • Transportation from Belorusskey train station to Marriott Grand Hotel at 26/1 Tverskaya St.

      Moscow Apr 8, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      I will be taking the Aero express to the train station and on the map the hotel appears to be over a mile from the station.

      Normally a taxi would be the way to go but there are many warnings about taking a taxi from outside the station.

      Thank you

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      Moscow Itinerary

      Moscow 17 hours ago

      Will this work ok: We are staying at the Marriott Moscow Grand hotel on Tverskaya Street.

      23 May Sat Day 01 : Moscow – Kremlin Grounds Tour (1½ Hrs.), Armoury Museum Tour (1 Hr.), Metro Tour (1 Hrs.)

      Visit Kremlin fortress, which includes Tzar's Bell, Tzar's Cannon, Cathedral Square, Palace of Congresses and Armory Chamber of the Russian Tzar. Experience a small journey by metro train to see three marvelous railway stations of Moscow (including Revolution Square Metro). Christ the Savior Cathedral - One of the most imposing and controversial buildings in Russia.

      Visit Bunker-42. (or some other place for actual gun shooting AK-47 etc)

      Arbat Street & the Izmailovo flea market for shopping.

      Later in the evening, see the world famous Russian Circus (2 hrs).

      Can most of this be done by foot from hotel? Or do we need a minibus/maxivan (sprinter etc.)? Or we take separate (local) taxis -- language issues? If needed, where do we hire?

      24 May Sun Day 02 : Moscow –

      City orientation tour consists of Red Square, photo stop at St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Tomb from outside and Kremlin wall, Bolshoi Theater, GUM Department Store, Leo Tolstoy Street, Triumphal Arch, White House.

      City Tour by private minibus with photo stops (3 Hrs.) (need to hire with English speaking driver/guide. Please advise)

      · Red Square

      - famous St Basil Cathedral, Lenin Mausoleum, G.U.M. store, Tickets to St Basil Cathedral, tickets to Diamond Fund,

      · Kremlin walls, towers, panorama (no entrance)

      · Bolshoi Theatre – world famous theatre for ballet and opera

      · Alexander Garden

      - memorial to soldiers of WWII and Change of guards

      · Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

      - largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral

      Sparrow Hills – panoramic view of the city

      · Arch of Triumph

      - built to welcome back Russian soldiers from France

      Evening at leisure.

    • family vacation in moscow

      Moscow Apr 26, 2015 at 5:23 AM

      Hi...i want to know that given the current currency crisis in Russia, how has it effected the day to day prices in Moscow.

      I am planning to travel with my wife and 12 year old son in June and would like to stay in a decent 3 star property and do the normal touristy things, have an un-rushed feel of the city, sit out cafe type lunch and some walk around sight seeing in the late afternoon / evening.

      Then we plan to go to St. Petersburg by high speed train

      How much should be budget per day in dollars per head? We so not plan to eat at fancy places or stay at fancy places but would like to visit the touristy cathedrals/spots, etc. So not a budget travel but not too expensive too

      What kind of costs for such a normal holiday? Any insights will be appreciated.

    • Internal Flights for UK Passport Holders

      Russia Apr 14, 2015 at 8:03 AM

      Hi there.

      Are there any special conditions for UK Passport holders with a valid Russian visa taking internal flights. Mainly I'm concerned about how long before the flight I would need to arrive at the airport for check in.

      Many Thanks




    Near Kazan'

    • Ugg Australia boots

      by Zzzzzzzzz Online Now Dec 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Please let me know if there is in Kazan any shop tha sells ugg Australia boots ?
      Thank you in advance

      1 Answer Dec 10, 2014 at 4:16 AM
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      going to Bolgar , the ancient capital

      by GIPA Online Now Feb 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      I am going to be spending 4 days in Kazan during the Easter holiday (mid April) and intend to visit Bolgar in one of them.
      Nevertheless it will happen in spring , I am quite sure Volga river won't thaw on time so I want to manage a bus.
      So , I would like to have informations about the availability of tickets and its times of departure. Considering Sunday and Monday as the possible days to the trip , which one should be better? (I suppose attractions won't be closed in Easter holiday...)

      3 Answers Apr 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM
    • Getting to Kazan from Canada?

      by sporty94 Online Now Dec 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      I've been planning in going on vacation for quite some time, and I would love to go to Kazan as it's a bit warmer than the rest of Russia in winter (according to wikipedia anyway!) and I'll be going in January/February. But while doing research I came across some articles saying that travel to Kazan from Canada was quite difficult compared to other Russian cities. It came across that it was quite impossible to efficiently get to there, from here. I'd have to go from Calgary, to Frankfurt, to Moscow, then Kazan because Canadians cannot enter from anywhere other than another Russian city.

      This article was a bit outdated ('07) and I'm not sure of anything has changed. By any chance do you have a better idea on travelling there?

      2 Answers Dec 29, 2012 at 3:04 AM
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      working in Kazan

      by DarasKa Online Now Sep 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Hi everyone

      is there any chance to get a job now in Kazan for a foreigfner?
      what should you recommend? I am from Poland, speaking english and spanish languages fluently, with quite wide experience in tourism branch...

      I`ll appreciate any suggestions:)


      3 Answers Sep 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM
    • trains

      by teddyking Online Now Apr 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      hi, I have friend that wants to travel from kazan to Moscow on April 25th want are the times of departures and the ticket prices

      2 Answers Apr 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM
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      Hi, I need instantly advice for cheap room in Kazan !

      by K.Ljubov Online Now Nov 1, 2010 at 7:46 AM

      Hello Everybody !
      Im going to stay nearly 2months in Kazan (arriveDec.6.)
      and so I would be very happy to find a 15-20$ room = modest standard/comfort
      Could someone tell me where to look it up ?
      Are hostels a good alternative ?

      I leave Kiev after 2months stay, and have been around in the world
      I would be happy to help you too !

      Thanks for your attention

      1 Answer Nov 2, 2010 at 5:08 AM
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      by ThambiOllen Online Now Mar 17, 2008 at 9:01 AM

      Thanks for all Ladies and Gentlemen who support me to find informations and hotels about Kazan!

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      Hotel Informations

      by ThambiOllen Online Now Mar 12, 2008 at 4:33 AM

      I seek hotels in Kazan between 20 - 30 US$. Can sombody give or send some informations as email address fax no etc. AND I SEEK A WOMEN WHO COULD GIVE GOOD GIDE ABOUT KAZAN. Please answer me as soon as possible. thanks. my email ID:
      By the way I am from Germany.

    • Circus performances

      by 4540 Online Now Jan 24, 2008 at 6:49 AM

      I'd like to know the performance schedule for the circus in February 2008

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      Shalyapin Palace Hotel History and Photos

      by WulfstanTraveller Online Now Dec 4, 2007 at 9:41 AM

      I posted this question yesterday, but perhaps I didn't add it correctly as it is not there or recorded in my account info.

      I am looking for old pictures, and information on the history, of the Shalyapin Palace Hotel. I am specifically interested in the history of the Smolentzev and Shmelev trading house and I believe that the building is now the Shalyapin Palace Hotel. Could anyone give me some information or direct me to where I can find informaiton or old pictures? Is there verification that these are the same buildings, and is there information on the former owners. They were apparently E. Smolentzev and N.P. Shmelev. I believe these were Efim Smolentzev and Nikolai Pavlovich Shmelev and would like to find out information on this building and its owners, and whether there are any remenants or signs of these former owners in this building. My family is planning a trip to visit the city in the future and we have a great interest in this building.

      3 Answers Dec 5, 2007 at 10:03 PM
    • Hotel Invitation Letter

      by Taylorben Online Now Jul 31, 2007 at 4:25 PM

      I am planning to travel to kazan and I would like to know which are the hotels over there which provide invitation letter for tourist visa. Please note that I am an Indian Citizen living in the US with a valid work permit visa and hence need the same to get a Russian Visa. You can email me at Thanks in advance.

    • shopping in Kazan

      by badibeud Online Now Jun 6, 2007 at 8:04 AM

      I'm going to Kazan on june, for a business trip.
      Where could I find vinyl records of 60's and 70's (french, english artists and others)?
      Thank you for your answers!

      1 Answer Sep 21, 2007 at 5:29 AM
    • I am planing to visit Kazan, and i need help from any one live there

      by Online Now Apr 22, 2007 at 4:31 AM

      Hi all,

      i am planning to visit Kazan, but still i didnt decided yet where to saty, and really i will happy if any one live in kazan can help me about avilable options and expected expenses for livinig, such as food , trasportation , and so on ... , i mean all expenses thats i will need per a day to help me to detrmine how much my budguet should be for 1 or 2 weeks.

      another important thing i need a Translator or guid, i am looking for somebody "Trusted Person", to be with me when i go out, move from place to place, i mean a good person whom knows the city and can help when i need a help or assestant.
      my email is: , and please any one can help me i will be greatfully appricated so please feel free to contact me at any time.

      Again thanky very much for your help.

      Best Wishes,

      2 Answers Apr 28, 2007 at 10:30 PM
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      Travel from Kazan, (Republic of Tatarstan) to Vyatskiye Polyany, (Republic of Kirov)

      by dcrook55 Online Now Nov 19, 2006 at 12:25 AM

      Need info on direct flight from USA to Kazan...then travel onward to the city of Vyatskiye Polyany, (in Republic of Kirov). Vyatskiye Polyany is located about 80 mile East/Northeast of Kazan. Would appreciate hotel/B&B/restraunt recommendations for Kazan and/or Vyatskiye Polyany. Has ayone rented a car in Kazan?...can you drive into another Republic?...can a train be taken from Kazan to Vyatskiye Polyany?

      1 Answer Nov 22, 2006 at 9:45 AM
    • Kazan postal codes-Russia

      by ergune Online Now Nov 16, 2006 at 2:34 AM

      Can anyone please provide me the postal code listing of city Kazan in Russia?

      5 Answers Nov 18, 2006 at 12:47 PM

      by TONY666 Online Now Sep 9, 2006 at 10:29 AM



      4 Answers Sep 11, 2006 at 12:15 AM
    • Kazan Street finder

      by ajayent Online Now Feb 2, 2006 at 8:38 AM

      Can anyone please let me have the postal code for Amirhana Str.53-34
      Kazan in Russia?

      2 Answers Feb 3, 2006 at 1:18 AM
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      New to the forum; Question about scams

      by Woodyou1960 Online Now Feb 28, 2005 at 6:18 PM

      Some assitance please; I was contacted by a person in Kazan, Russia. We have been sending e-mails for about two weeks and I have noticed that my questions don't get answered. She sent me her address, and I sent her a letter via UPS a week ago. UPS tells me that they can't deliver the letter because the address is incomplete. How can I find out if this person is for real and not scamming me? And how can I find out if this address is correct? I receive pictures with all her e-mails, but how can I know it her.

      14 Answers May 9, 2009 at 3:59 PM
    • Seems Confusing

      by GCS Online Now Jan 24, 2005 at 8:04 AM

      Does anybody know ALL the details for setting up a trip to Kazan from California? I seem to get different info from different agencies and even an Attorney.......I have been given prices from155.00 to over5,000.00 for the same registration problems, flight vs train Moscow to hotels in Kazan.....invitation needed , etc , etc , etc.......seems like nobody knows all the detail.......Help please!

      2 Answers Jan 25, 2005 at 6:21 AM
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      New to the forum - question about scamms

      by NCUSA Online Now Jan 20, 2005 at 11:09 AM

      Hello to all. I have a question about scamms. A woman from Kazan contacted by internet. We exchanged e-mails and have been coresponding for about a week now. It all just seems a little strange to me. She gave me her adress, she has been sending me pictures (but who's to say that it is her). I was really interested to learn about the city as I have been looking it up on the net. Anyway it would be nice to know if this woman is sincere. I have been contacted before by 2 other women in the past claiming to be from Russia and they dropped of the face of the earth after a few e-mails. I admit it I am someone enlighten me.....Wayne

      10 Answers Mar 26, 2005 at 10:27 AM
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      Looking for information

      by LIGHTUP Online Now Jan 9, 2005 at 11:18 AM

      I would like to know how to get some street maps with names in English, I am planing on going over there in june,and would like to know if there is anybody else planing a trip there,if so maybe we could team up,and see some of the sites. thanks for your help,

      2 Answers Mar 16, 2005 at 5:55 AM
    • anyone going to kazan in december

      by richie876 Online Now Nov 20, 2004 at 12:17 PM

      iam going over in december,would be nice to have company non smoker but big beer drinker going over to meet an internet women is she real or not???????????????????????

      15 Answers Jan 24, 2005 at 10:56 AM
    • where is it

      by richie876 Online Now Nov 20, 2004 at 12:05 PM

      Absalaymova str,,,,,,,,, does this st.exsist in kazan

      1 Answer Mar 13, 2005 at 7:19 AM
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      Is this a real Street name?

      by a2mil Online Now Nov 6, 2004 at 7:13 PM

      HEllo every one I hope that someone can help me out with this street Kompressornaya street does really exist because i been trying to send a letter and I receive it back maybe is not write right please need your help.

      4 Answers Mar 13, 2005 at 7:20 AM
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      It is me Again

      by Merlin_ce Online Now Oct 10, 2004 at 9:38 AM

      Hi everybody. Thank you for all your help. I have another question about Kazan. I sent some letters to this Addrress: Decabristov 168 Kazan420000 Russia I have been sending letters to a person called Sergey Reutov his is trying to find a place to stay, he claim to be a guide. I was wondering if someone knows if there is really a person Called Sergey Reutov who lives at this address. He may be a scamm. I am just wondering. If anyone can help. I would appreciate it. Thank you very much.

      25 Answers Jan 6, 2005 at 7:36 AM
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      Accomodations, hotels, or guest houses

      by Merlin_ce Online Now Sep 26, 2004 at 12:00 PM

      Hi There that is me again. Thank you all for your help. I am looking for accomodations in Kazan, nothing fancy, could be guest houses, hotels, motels anything I just need a confortable bed and a bathroom . Is there any Internet Cafes in Kazan ? Shall I rent a car there ? It will be easy to use credit cards, while I am there ? Do I need a special VISA to go to Tatarstan ? Can I go there with my Russian Tourist Visa ? One more time thank you for all your help.

      4 Answers Sep 30, 2004 at 2:48 AM
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      How can convert to Cyrrilic this address ?

      by Merlin_ce Online Now Sep 24, 2004 at 10:54 AM

      First of all I want to say thank you very much for all your help. I am very glad that I found such a nice group of people on line , I really appreciate all your help. I am trying to convert this address to Cyrillic characters, does someone could help me ? The address is : Decabristov 168 Kazan,420000 Russia Than you for your help. Merlin

      3 Answers Sep 24, 2004 at 11:35 AM
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      I am looking for a Kazan map, with streets name on it ?

      by Merlin_ce Online Now Sep 11, 2004 at 7:36 PM

      I am planing my next year vacation to Kazan, I have been looking for a map that I could find streets name on it. I was wondering if someone could help me ?

      8 Answers Sep 15, 2004 at 9:50 AM
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      refusing service at hotels

      by seezatruth Online Now Aug 22, 2004 at 10:51 PM

      I read with interest about refusing service if you're not part of an agency...If I am traveling alone to meet someone there, how do I make accomodation arragements?

      2 Answers Aug 23, 2004 at 4:27 AM
    • Location

      by nickii51 Online Now Jul 29, 2003 at 11:46 AM

      How far from Moscow is Kazan?

      5 Answers Aug 13, 2003 at 10:49 AM