Bolshaya Tatarskaya. I don’t remember the number. A very basic and CHEAP cafe. 100-150 roubles will get you a proper meal. A few steps from my apartment for rent. No booze naturally, and the menu is meat-centered although a serious salad is always be available.
I am no longer actively involved with the project but things seem to be doing quite well without me.
The next few days is probably your last chance to sign up for a Winter is the Soul of Russia” (c) trip with elements of Misery Tourism” (c).
And dead season, when I can offer my time cheap is nearly over too. Gold Ring, Moscow to St. Petersburg, or a trip to Staritsa along the Old Riga road. It can even be done camping style to save you a bundle on hotels and restaurant meals, and of course to make it more of an “experience”. MORE>>
Whatever the reason you find yourself left on the street. Not being a street living natural you still insist on daily personal hygiene. There are showers in the basement of GUM east side of Red Square. 600 roubles ($20) to access them. From what I hear pretty civilized and comfortable. Once in GUM look for signs to “Исторический туалет” (“historical toilet”).
In Sokolniki park, highly recommended if they open up this season: www.sokolniki.com/eng/Services/Camping.aspx. In English!
A compilation of resources in campers and equipped campgrounds: www.autocamper.ru
A campground just north-east from Moscow: www.buhta-radosti.ru, + 7 916 117-3313.
A campground near Sergiev Posad, on the Torbeyevo lake: www.torbeevo.ru, +7 495 857-3611.
All but Sokolniki cater the the local market and may not be able to easily interact with non Russian speakers.
Just a reminder that a camper can be rented from me by qualified clients. I can also arrange camping trips around Gold Ring or between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Unlike most Orthodox churches this one subordinates to the American Patriarchate, not the Moscow one beset with scandals so silly that I have difficulty attributing them to human stupidity or malice but am instead inclined to see an evil mind of universal scale behind stories of which the Pussy Riot scandal is but one. I thought Satan was pretty clever when he brought the Catholic empire down by cleverly leveraging a few instances of priests groping and having intercural sex with altar boys to bring the whole enterprise down. But here, in the Orthodox territory, he outdid himself! But St. Catherine’s belongs to a saner American branch. Their site seems to be fully bilingual. Look for a small button in the to right corner to switch into English. The address is Bolshaya Ordynka 60/2.
St. Catherine’s on Bolshaya Ordynka is on my list of establishments to be visited. Suitable company welcomed.