Moscow tours

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.

 

 

Guides with a twist

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

      • Winter is the Soul of Russia (c)
      • Russian Misery Tourism (c)
      • camping trips
      • horse riding
      • small towns and villages
      • churches, monasteries, and other from of escapism
      • Russian north
      • budget tourism
      • Etc. etc.

If any of the above are close to what you are looking for check my www.staritsa.info

Rental of filming equipment

In Moscow

  • TeleExpert has a huge warehouse full of filming equipment. Located in the Ostankino park right by the TV tower. I’ve dealt with them on behalf of my clients of the “difficult” sort and was impressed with patience and professionalism with which TeleExpert handled them.
  • I have a film maker on my list of close/tested associates, and I can ask him questions about the movie scene in Moscow. I can also recommend him for making professional photos that are both attractive and realistic. See Anton Mihalev >>

In Kiev

  • Used to have contacts there but at the moment can’t locate them. Try later or prod me into doing some archaeology in my old e-mails.  
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Translator community

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.