While searching for an omnivorous friend of mine from a long time ago I’ve stumbled upon a compilation of gay guides in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev: www.russiangayguide.com/
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Individual car tours. Tver region, Gold Ring, Karelia, Kola. Camping trips. You can easily save enough on hotels and cafes to cover the cost of my involvement. MORE>>
Moscow underground tours. Russian only but I have a personal interest in dark wet places and will avail my services as a translator cheap or free, subject to my availability of course.
moscowsteps.com – Moscow guides. Not girls with shrill voice trained to entertain foreigners but researchers, writers, and explorers for whom “doing tours” is a diversion and a sideline. From free to 300 roubles. Russian only but if you opt for one of the tours I recommend I will avail myself as an interpreter, at a discount, in exchange for a couple of beers, or even free. The group has one Zamoskvorechye and one Moscow underground expert.
bdb-2000.livejournal.com – Moscow architecture. A series of trip reports. Offers of in-depth tours are lurking there somewhere too.
www.sptnik.com has been called to my attention with a proposal that I list my Moscow the Ugly tour there. The resource lists “alternative” guides in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Kiev. Examples of tours:
food, flea markets, Metro, 1917 revolution, Dostoyevsky, cycling, vestiges of the Soviet era, vodka drinking, banya, churches, urban decay, village life, architecture, roof walking, poets, daily living etc. etc. etc.
Nearly all of these guides speak English. French is the second most common language.
Suppose I will sign up with sptnik.ru with my
If any of the above are close to what you are looking for check my www.staritsa.info.
http://ru-translate.livejournal.com/ – Lively discussion of subtleties and nuances of translation. Seems like a community of language connoisseurs rather than just another list of translators hungry to make a buck. A very favourable first impression. To be explored in detail later. The sun is out after a few days of dusk, and I’m off for a bike ride but looking into the Total Translation blog is on my to-do list.