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|[2006-09-18] Webdate.Com & Wealthymen.Com Celebrate National Singles Week, September 17 - 24, 2006|
In honor of National Singles Week, September 17 - 24, 2006, Webdate.com and Wealthymen.com are summoning all bachelors and bachelorettes to test their luck at love this week. Celebrating this nationally declared week of events, the leaders of the online dating industry are partnering with Miami Beach's Glass, sister club of the famed restaurant The Forge, to present "FLIRT," a singles-themed event on Saturday, September 23, 2006.
Noted as the East Coast's infamous "Sin City," Miami Beach is notorious for attracting the hottest singles on the market, and the creators of Webdate.com and We [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Area groups help singles meet, mingle|
|On many clear Sunday afternoons, Shannon Hallmark, 34, makes his way to a corner of George Ward Park referred to by many as the Dog Park. People in their 20s and 30s gather with their canine "kids" to sit on blankets and mingle with fellow animal lovers, maybe playing disc golf or drinking a cold one.
Hallmark doesn't own a dog. Comfortably single, this is just one place he goes to meet new people and spend an afternoon off of the couch.
Nearly 30 percent of Alabama households are single households, which means a lot of people live alone. In Birmingham city limits, more than 100,000 adults [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Unmarried and Single Americans Week|
|The week is now widely observed during the third full week of September (Sept. 17-23 in 2006) as "Unmarried and Single Americans Week," an acknowledgment that many unmarried Americans do not identify with the word "single" because they are parents, have partners or are widowed.
Number of unmarried and single Americans in 2005. This group comprised 41 percent of all U.S. residents age 18 and older.
Percentage of unmarried and single Americans who are women.
Percentage of unmarried and single Americans who have never been married. Another 25 percen [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Death of a Dynasty|
| The family of Tsar Nicholas II was under house arrest in Alexander Palace for five months following Nicholas' abdication of the crown in March of 1917. Their Bolshevik captures allowed them full run of the palace grounds, but, only under heavy guard. On August 1, 1917, the family was moved, by train, to Tobolsk, the capitol city of Siberia. They were given less comfortable accommodations in the Governor's Mansion and were not allowed outside.
In May of 1918, the family of Tsar Nicholas II was moved, again. This time to a mining town in the Ural Mountains. The home of an engineer named Ipati [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Moscow cafe addresses in the downtown|
Asia Cafe/Coffee House
1 Arbat (M. Arbatskaya)
749-0151, 24 hours
2/1 Arbat (M. Arbatskaya)
47/23 Stary Arbat (M. Smolenskaya)
Cafe Dyadi Sama
23 Arbat (M. Arbatskaya)
4 Arbat (M. Arbatskaya)
38/1 Arbat, Building 1 (M. Smolenskaya)
12 Arbat (M. Arbatskaya)
Hard Rock Cafe
44 Ul. Arbat (M. Smolenskaya)
205-8335, 24 hours
45 Arbat (M. Smolenskay [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Foreign Embassies in Moscow|
Afghanistantel: (7-095) 928-72-78fax: (7-095) 921-95+63Sverchkov Pereulok, 3
Albaniatel: (7-095) 230-77-32fax: (7-095) 230-76-35Mytnaya Ulitsa, 3, kv. 23
Algeriatel: (7-095) 200-66-42, 924-86-20, 923-02-98fax: (7-095) 200-02-22Krapivinsky Pereulok, 1-A
Angolatel: (7-095) 143-63-24Ulitsa Ulofa Palme, 6
Argentinatel: (7-095) 299-03-67, 299-23-29, 299-16-70, 299-82-61fax: (7-095) 200-42-18Sadovaya-Triumfalnaya Ulitsa, 4/10
Armeniatel: (7-095) 924-12-69, 923-47-84Armyansy Pereulok, 2
Australiatel: (7-095) 956-60-70fax: (7-095) 956-61-70Kropotkinsky Pereulok, 2http://www.australian [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Foreign Embassies in Moscow ( part 2)|
Cabo-Verdetel: (7-095) 415-45-03fax: (7-095) 415-45-04Rublevskoye Shosse, 26, r. 180
Cambodiatel: (7-095) 201-47-36, 201-39-25, 201-21-15fax: (7-095) 956-65-37Starokonyuchenny Pereulok, 16
Cameroontel: (7-095) 290-65-49, 290-00-63fax: (7-095) 290-61-16Povarskaya Ulitsa, 40
Canadatel: (7-095) 105 6000fax: (7-095) 232-99-48Starokonyushenny Pereulok, 23
Central African Republictel: (7-095) 434-45-20Ulitsa 26Bakinskich Komissarov, 9, r. 124-125
Chadtel: (7-095) 415-41-39, 415-41-22fax: (7-095) 415-29-41Rublevskoye Shosse, 26/1, r. 20-21
Chiletel: (7-095) 373-95-71, 373-91-76fax: (7 [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Foreign Embassies in Moscow ( part 3)|
Jamaicatel: (7-095) 237-23-20fax: (7-095) 230-21-02Ulitsa Korovy Val, 7, r. 70-71
Japantel: (7-095) 291-85-00fax: (7-095) 200-12-40Kalashny Pereulok, 12
Jordantel: (7-095) 299-12-42, 299-28-45, 299-43-44, 299-95-64fax: (7-095) 299-43-54Mamonovsky Pereulok, 3
Kazakhstantel: (7-095) 208-98-52, 208-93-06, 927-18-51fax: (7-095) 208-26-50Chistoprudy Bulvar, 3a
Kenyatel: (7-095) 237-34-62, 237-45-41, 237-47-02fax: (7-095) 230-23-40Ulitsa B. Ordinka, 70
Kyrgyzstantel: (7-095) 237-46-01, 237-48-82Ulitsa B. Ordinka, 64
Kuwaittel: (7-095) 147-44-41, 147-00-40, 147-34-88, 147- [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Foreign Embassies in Moscow ( part 4)|
Tajikistantel: (7-095) 290-61-02Granatny Pereulok, 13
Tanzaniatel: (7-095) 234-90-45fax: (7-095) 953-07-85Pyatintskaya Ulitsa, 33
Thailandtel: (7-095) 208-08-17, 208-08-56fax: (7-095) 290-96-59, 207-53-43B. Spasskaya Ulitsa, 9
Togotel: (7-095) 254-20-12fax: (7-095) 254-19-65Gruzinsky Pereulok, 3, r. 227-228
Tunisiatel: (7-095) 291-28-58, 291-28-69fax: (7-095) 291-75-88M. Nikitskaya Ulitsa, 28/1
Turkeytel: (7-095) 246-00-09, 246-00-10, 246-19-89fax: (7-095) 245-63-487-i Rostovsky Pereulok, 12
Turkmenistantel: (7-095) 291-66-36, 291-65-93fax: (7-095) 291-09-35Filippofsky Pereul [...] |
|[2006-09-18] European Medical Center and other health information|
Russia is an unhealthy country with a declining population, but most serious health risks can be avoided by taking basic precautions: Don't drink tap water, and be careful with what you eat.
Emergency Numbers: Fire: 01Police: 02 Ambulance: 03
Fresh FoodSome of Russia's freshest food is sold from stalls, but it's often hard to tell the difference between the tasty and the tainted. If you plan on doing any experimenting, it's a good idea to have some Imodium or other medicine for diarrhea. Moscow and St. Petersburg have supermarkets with Western-quality food, but it's harder t [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Russian mail services|
Russia has plenty of mailboxes and post offices, but they're only usesful for letters that don't need to arrive within a month and wouldn't be missed if they never arrived. If you need to send anything else, you're better off using an international or national delivery service.
Receiving Mail in RussiaYou can recieve mail slowly and somewhat unreliably at the post office inside the Central Telegraph office on Tverskaya Ul. Use the following address:
RUSSIA 103009Do VostrebovaniaMoscow K-9YOUR NAME (in Capitals)
The following companies offer quicker and more reliable incoming mail [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Russian media resources|
|Russian-Language PressThe streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg are filled with newspaper kiosks selling prose, porn and everything in between. Some of the leading Russian-language papers are Kommersant and The Moscow Times' sister paper Vedomosti.
The most widely read daily in Moscow is the sometimes-tabloidish, sometimes-trenchant Moskovsky Komsomolets, or MK.
Foreign-Language PressThe Moscow Times is published five days a week (Monday-Friday) and is Moscow's most regular English-language publication. Click here to see a map of locations where the paper is distributed freely.
The MT also [...] |
|Dialing From a Private Russian PhoneAt present local calls are free but there is already considerable talk in Moscow of introducing a per-minute charge system in the near future. Not all phones can make long-distance calls, but for those that do, dialling 8 will get you a long-distance line. Thus, to dial another region of Russia, dial 8, wait for the new dial tone, then dial the rest of your number.
For international dialing, dial 8, wait for the tone, then dial 10, then the country code and the rest of your number.
For example, to call the U.S. number (123)-456-7890 from Russia, you would [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Arriving in Moscow by Plane|
|Arriving in MoscowThe vast majority of foreign travelers arrive in Moscow at Sheremetyevo Airport's Terminal 2. Sheremetyevo was built for the 1980 Olympics, and for a city of 8 million-plus, it's tiny. The building has a reputation as a seedy place prowled by even seedier taxi drivers. It's not quite that bad, but customs can be an ordeal, smoking is ubiquitous and the taxi drivers are aggresive.
When you get off your plane at Sheremetyevo you will be herded into a dingy basement to stand in the passport control line. After your passport is stamped, you will collect your bagage and go throug [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Arriving in Moscow by train|
|Moscow has eight major train stations. All are served by the Moscow Metro and located near the center of the city.
Most stations are connected by the metro's circle line.Taxis are readily available outside most stations but beware they may be expensive.
If you're on an international train, you'll go through customs when you cross the border, not at the station. (See thefront and back of a customs declaration form.)
Belorussky Station Serves Kalliningrad, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and some trains to Latvia.Address : 7 Tverskaya Zastava Ploshchad Pho [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Arriving in St. Petersburg by Plane|
|International flights arrive in St. Petersburg at Pulkovo-2, while internal flights arrive at Pulkovo-1. Both are about 17 kilometers south of the city center, the trip in to the city center usually takes an hour by public transport and a half an hour by taxi. If you need to get from one terminal to another, there is a bus that takes 20 to 30 minutes to make the trip.
Pulkovo-2 has frequent, direct service flights to most major European capitals, and several daily flights to Moscow (a 1 1/2 hour trip).
By far the cheapest way to get into the city is to catch the No. 13 bus, which stops at th [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Airlines Serving Moscow Airports|
Aeroflot Russian Airlines37 Leningradsky Prospekt, Building 9Tel: 753 5555Fax: 155 6647http://www.aeroflot.ru/
Aerosweet37 Leningradsky Prospekt, Building 7Tel: 155 5495Fax: 152 0030http://www.aerosweet.com/
Air Kazakhstan1 Chistoprudy BulvarTel: 208 4758Fax: 208 email@example.com
Air Malta13/3 Sadovaya-Chernogryazskaya Ul., Building 1Tel: 937 5952Fax: 937 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.airmalta.com/
Air China1/8 Kuznetsky Most Ul., Building 5Tel: 292 3387/5440Fax: 292 5136http://www.airchina.com.cn/
Air France7 Ul. Korovy ValTel: 937-3839Fax: 937-3838airfrance.mow.@co. [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Buying Train Tickets in Russia|
|Buying a train ticket in Russia does not have to be an agonizing experience. In addition to lining up to buy it yourself, there are several agencies that will arrange the ticket for you, at a nominal cost.
If you have a decent command of Russian, you should be able to do it yourself. All of Moscow's eight major train stations have ticket booths (kacca), but in order to avoid long lines, it's easier to buy tickets at a central ticket office booth designated for foreigners.
The two most convenient central offices are located near the Yaroslavsky Station: one is kassa 45 on the second floor of [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Other Transport in Russia|
|Though the vast majority of travelers arrive in Russia by train or plane, there are other options.
By FerryMost of Russia's major ports have international ferry services, but schedules have been cut back severely since Soviet times. Some of the cities with international connections are:
Kaliningrad - Services to Poland and Germany.Khabarovsk - Service to ChinaNovorossiysk - Service to Georgia.St. Petersburg - Connections to Western Europe were recently suspended.Sochi - Services to Turkey and Georgia.Vladivostok - The Far Eastern Shipping Company (http://www.fesco.ru/) has services to Japan [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Accommodation in Moscow and St. Petersburg|
|Moscow and St. Petersburg boast a wide range of accommodation to suit almost any travel budget, but outside Russia's two major cities where, admittedly, few foreign tourists venture pickings are often limited.
The options in Moscow and St. Petersburg range from five-star luxury palaces, to Western-style business plazas, to Soviet hold-overs with walls that had ears, to hostels and B&B's for the ruble conscious traveler. In the regions, most sizeable cities will provide one or more late-Soviet-era hotels, spruced up to varying degrees, and a few smaller, and usually grottier, alternatives [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Budget Accommodation in Moscow|
|DonBudget hotel near VDNKh metro. Single 550 to 780 rubles, double 670 to 900 rubles, half-lux 600-900 rubles. Advance bookings recommended. Cafe-restaurant, small conference hall, sauna, barber and hairdressers. A business center (Tel: 247-6274, ex. 5606, daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) offers copying, typing, interpreting and translation services, computers, Internet, fax, telephone and e-mail. 8 Yaroslavskaya Ul., Bldg. 4, Tel: 217-6786, M. VDNKh. Cards: none.
Izmailovo Complex This huge complex of 28-floor towers, built for the 1980 Olympics, is located 15 kilometers from the center near Izmailo [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Accommodation in St. Petersburg|
|Angleterre Singles $230-$250, doubles $260-$280, suites $320 and up. Breakfast $15-$20. Operates in conjunction with its sister establishment the Astoria next door. Views onto St. Isaac's Square and Cathedral. Borsalino Brasserie, casino, nightclub, exchange office, sports club, dry cleaning, limousine hire, 24-hour room service. 39 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul., Tel: 313-5666, fax 313-5125, M. Gostiny Dvor, email@example.com. Cards: V, MC, AE, DC.
AstoriaSingles $280-$310, doubles $310-$340, suites $390 and up, four-room presidential apartments $2000. Breakfast $15-$24. Next to St. [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Accommodation in Moscow|
Arbat Single $120, double $135, breakfast included. Small, cozy hotel in the Old Arbat area. Satellite TV, restaurant, bar, shop; buffet 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 24-hour business center (244-7635) with Internet, e-mail, computer use, copying, fax and telephone services. 12 Plotnikov Per., Tel: 244-7635, M. Smolenskaya, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Cards: V, MC, AE, JCB, DC.
Aerostar Single from $159 plus VAT, double from $174 plus VAT, breakfast included. Modern hotel with gym, sauna, souvenir shop and pool table. Two restaurants and two bars. Ten conference and me [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Getting Around Russia|
|In theory, it's not very hard to get around Russia. Aeroflot, Transaero and dozens of "baby flots" have an ambitious flight network covering the country. For those looking for cheaper transport, trains serve just about every sizeable city, while buses and boats fill in the cracks.
Traveling in Russia gets complicated when you leave the beaten path. All roads, rails and runways lead to Moscow, and if you're traveling to or from the capital, it's possible to have a straightforward journey. But if you're headed in an unorthodox direction you may find yourself waiting a couple days for a plane o [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Getting Around Moscow|
|By TaxiMany Moscow drivers are happy to go a little bit out of their way for a few extra rubles, so taxis are cheap and ubiquitous. Just stick your arm out on any big street and a driver will stop.
Name your destination and then agree on a fare -- the better your Russian the lower the price. A five-minute ride is generally $1.00 to $2.00 and $4.00 to $5.00 should get you across the city.
If you don't want to ride in a gypsy cab you can find more expensive registered taxis waiting around train stations, hotels and big intersections.
It's generally best to agree on the fare beforehand, as eve [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Getting Around St. Petersburg|
|By FootSt. Petersburg is known to be a great city for walking -- and this is indeed true, provided the weather holds up and it isn't getting dark at 4 in the afternoon. Nevsky Prospect is the main drag, and most places in the center are only a half-hour's stroll away.
Not far from the top end of Nevsky you can explore several famous squares, including: Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Palace Square), flanked by the Winter Palace, which houses the Hermitage Museum; Dekabristov Ploshchad (Decembrist Square), where that popular Petersburg landmark the Bronze Horseman rears its famous head; and don't forge [...] |
|[2006-09-18] What To See in Russia|
|Art, architecture and culture join with virgin wilderness and sun-splashed beaches, making Russia truly an adventurous traveler's wonderland.
From the volcanoes and geysers of Kamchatka, through the Siberian taiga to the mineral spas around the Black Sea coast, it cannot be said Russia has nothing to offer the average tourist.
Russia is considered by the World Tourism Organization a country with great potential for tourism development.
But figures cited by tourism experts showed that 70 percent to 80 percent of the 3.5 million foreign tourists that came to the county last year rarely vent [...] |
|[2006-09-18] What To See in Moscow|
|A small town 60 kilometers northeast of Moscow, Sergiyev Posad's greatest treasure is the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius (Troitse-Sergieva Lavra), founded in 1340.
From a religious and historical point of view St. Sergiust is considered one of the most important monasteries in Russia. The Tatars burned down the original wooden structure in 1408 but within a decade a new sandstone Trinity Cathedral was built.
The monastery's highlighs are the icons painted by Andrei Rubylov and his disciples. The cathedral also houses the tomb of St. Sergius, whose relics are the most esteemed in Russian Or [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Moscow Museums and Galleries|
|Tretyakov Gallery From icons to Kandinsky, this is the premiere collection of Russian art; most of it unjustly neglected or excluded from the Western canon of art history.
10-12 Lavrushinsky PereulokTel: 238-1738/230-7788Metro: Tretyakovskayahttp://www.tretyakov.ru/english/defaultHours: 10a.m.-8p.m. Tues-Sun.
Pushkin Museum of Fine ArtsThis is to Moscow what the Hermitage is to St. Petersburg -- the major collection of Western art and antiquities. In 1995, it confessed to owning hundreds of works seized from Germany by the Red Army after World War II. These revelations fueled worldide [...] |
|[2006-09-18] Studying Russian|
|A good reason to come to Russia for an extended stay -- and essential to make the experience truly worthwhile for long-term expatriates or regular visitors -- is to learn the Russian language. Lessons are relatively inexpensive, and the benefits immeasurable.
Cost varies depending on where your school is located, how often you study, and what type of organization you go through. As a minimum, expect to pay $65 a week, with some institutes charging as much as $120. Private lessons, which can be arranged through advertisements or personal contacts, are approximately $10 an hour. (For private l [...] |
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