gloomy_smI’m no longer actively working on this site. As of November 2013 most of my web activity is around the site of Kandalaksha, the city where I moved to in June.



These automatic subscribe systems cause more trouble than they are worth. Just write to with a copy to and I’ll add you to the mailing list. Mailings from this site are very rare, and are always in html only format so don’t worry about your maibox getting cluttered because of me. To unsubscribe just send a short request, and you’ll be off the lsit. If the subrsription system appears to be acting up please alert me.

Moved to LiquidWeb hosting, now switching to Swift theme, speed drastically up

I’ve followed Satish Gandham’s good advice and moved to LiquidWeb, mid-range VPS, with APC cache installed on the server. Page loading time dropped immediately and considerably, from 5-7 seconds at HostGator to 2-4 at LiquidWeb all else unchanged. A switch from a powerful but somewhat heavy Weaver II to  Swift resulted in a further improvement of the loading speed to around one second!  While I’m a hardwired conservative in my tastes and preferences, I will probably switch to Swift.  Under 2 seconds loading time is tempting.


Bank transfers from Russia

inspectorMy computer literacy has reached previously unsurpassed levels. I’ve installed not just a counter but a real spy system that tells me what search phrases you people use and what pages attract and captivate your invaluable attention. I confess my mastering the system instead of expanding my horizons merely further lowered my  opinion of my brethren. I thought I was a sick pervert in my search patterns, and carefully erased surfing history. Don’t think I will bother any more because you out there are way worse. One of few “clean” requests that made someone spend time here in this something of a guide and at my personal/miscellaneous blog was how to do a bank transfer from Russia to the Royal Bank of Canada. I do this regularly and am can assure you the operation is simple. There are thing to watch out for however. You can’t do a transfer to yourself, or else you will be sent to tax authorities first. The only reason for transfer that keeps it easy is “financial support”. It cannot be rent, or else you’ll be told to produce a copy (certified, notarized etc.) of the agreement. As of a couple of months ago, when I last did it, a transfer from Pavel Voytinsky to Paul Voytinsky whom I claimed to be different people – given the difference in time and context the claim was probably close to truth – worked. Before that Alla did a transfer for me. She, being a lawyer, she is anal about following rules (professional character accentuation) and thus insisted it was rent rather than “financial support”. Of course she was told to produce the rental agreement that just wasn’t there. When faced with the choice of breaking one of local rules or being killed on the spot she make the right decision and changed her story, and the bank proceeded with the transfer. The cost is something like $25 on this end the the Royal Bank of Canada I think charges $15, plus losses at exchange. Seems like the total cost is around $50. All you need to know is the SWIFT code whatever it is, Bank code, transit code, and your account number. The whole process takes 40 min. in the slowest of state bank (Sberbank) branches(tried that from Starisa and Kandalaksha). In the center of Moscow it is quick, and they seem to have dispensed with long forms. Just give the numbers above to the teller, she punches them in, and in 2-4 days your $$ is on your account.

Job fair, Cosmos Hotel, April 24 2013

The last time I visited an event like that was in the 80s in Toronto, and I was indeed offered a job driving a UPS truck for $8.73/hour. At that time, feeling invincible and victorious, I rejected the proposal, and proceded carving my own loser niche. Now my business is at its lowest since 1997 but job fairs happen in Moscow regularly. I’m thinking of visiting one tomorrow. It is at Hotel Kosmos from 11am to 3pm. Metro VDNKh (next to Metro Alexeyevskaya, the neighbourhood I try to promote becaus of Alexandra). You are most welcomed to join me. 

What is “Where in Moscow”

The point of this site is to consolidate all the Moscow-related stuff in my possession. This compilation is based on my tastes, preferences, and patterns, and probably won’t be of much interest to the mass traveller into the Red Square/Lenin’s tomb/Novodevichy/Sergiev Posad routine. Another source of influence for this “guide” is requests from clients. If you have a question or want to contribute, use my forum. Questions raised there – especially repeatedly – will encourage me to add info on the requested subject to this Where in Moscow project.