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Guide for Foreigners: Leisure
Russian people are orthodox. There are 2 -3 service a day in churches. During the service people are singing songs praying to God. Be very quiet while visiting the church.
Museums provide guided tours in English and other languages. You need to make an advanced reservation.
Most museums are higher admission prices for foreigners, so try to look like Russians, don't speak your own language. You have to check your coat and bags to the cloakroom. Sitting on the floor is uncommon in Russia.
In most of the cinemas the films are shown in Russian. But sometimes there are subtitles. Don't avoid watching the shows in Russian; it'll help you with Russian lots!
St. Petersburg can be a dangerous place. The reality is that crime is no worse than in other cities of similar size. St. Petersburg is home to over 5 million people and all the problems of big cities everywhere can be found here. There's no need to be paranoid, but it helps to be aware.
Don't be shocked if you run into poor service, delays, mysterious cancellations, frustrating procedures and disorganization. If you accept the inevitable confusion and problems with sense of humour your visit should be very enjoyable. Always look after your things! Put documents and purse in the inside pocket. There are bands of skinheads; they operate in day time also, so try to avoid walking along in dark places.
Stay Far away from any fighting in the streets and with any unknown people. Try not to walk alone. The most important fact is being very careful. There are neither 100% dangerous places nor 100 % safe one. Keep you head on straight! Militia phone is 02. Always lock your room in the dormitory.
Don't take anything for granted - local drivers treat one-way streets, traffic lights and sanctity of crosswalks as suggestions rather than laws.
Look both ways, look again and go. Always take an underground crossing if you can.
Food and drink in the street
Never buy alcoholic beverages in kiosk! Food is selling in the street is dangerous also.
Avoid drinking tap water! Boil water for at least 5 minutes before drinking it. Purifying pump with an anti-microbial filter is a good investment.
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