I will be traveling to Ekaterienburg in late March next year and continue from there to Kurgan. Does anyone know if there are things that are worthwhile seeing in Ekaterienburg for a stopover, perhaps 2 days or so? Any comments would be appreciated.
oh well, our office in Russia is in Ekaterinburg. Talk to firstname.lastname@example.org about your stay there.
Move your trip to the end of May. March can be still very winter, you will see snow only.
nice nightclubs with great shows all night, nice food.
Thanks for the advice. Oleg, don't know if my lady would appreciate those shows, is there anything more along the lines of museums, historical buildings and so on? Also, a question related to Visa - I am planning to stay with my Lady in Kurgan, but obviously will need to stay in a hotel in Ekaterinburg. My travel agent here in the US tells me that their contact "INTOURIST" told her the only way I would get a visa is to book a hotel for the ENTIRE length of my stay ( 10 days) as opposed to only the days for which I actually need a hotel. Does anyone have any comments on that?
please get visa from http://www.russia-visa.com/ they will explain everything. It should not be a problem. there are anumber of places to visit there. I am sure you lady can and will plan what to see in Ekaterinburg.
Thanks for the input Oleg. I originally wanted to go in May but the clock is ticking. Therefore unfortunately I must step it forward. My Ukraine friend tells me that it will not be that bad. I should buy an overcoat and I can buy suitable boots there. Going to be a shock after Florida but I want to resolve this relationship as soon as possible. I am not getting any younger. She wants to see me and I want to see her.
I am now trying to figure out if I am staying with her, a hotel or an apartment. Which is cheaper versus quality, hotel or apartment? What are typical prices? Ballpark figure.
Also I guess I can contact the Fiancee office if I have a problem.
Nightclubs eh? Sounds good, sounds very good!!
Toad, I think that is true. My ex was from there. She was beautiful and I realy only settled for average by ekat standards. Still was a bad decission though LOL and in trueth, the women are the only thing worth seeing there
Strange that the main office is in Ekaterienburg but there realy is not many women form that city on the site. I have benn there and I know that there are many many girls to meet so where are they for fiance.com ???
izifaddag, nice appartment will be cheaper. typical hotel prices are 80$ for single , 100$ for double per day.
jjbarrier, I know a hotel in Ekaterinburg that will issue an invitation for 50$. actually you don't have to stay in hotel for 10 days, you may go almost everythere, but you need to pay for 10 days. only in this case they will register your visa for entire period of time. Otherwise you will have to register your visa in every city that you will visit.
idiotdetector, where have you been in Ekaterinburg? there are a lot of nice places. not only night clubs with shows, or museums. People from all over the world come to see famous church that was built on the place where tzar and his family was killed. nice architecture, nice river. entertainment centers with dances, bars, bowling, casino all in one. A lot of nice places to go out for dinner, restaurants with japanese sushi , italian, russian, ukranian or eastearn cuisine. If you arrive in the begining of March there still be enough snow and you can go to 1 or 2 days ski trip to mountain resort, ride snowmobile there. you can order jump with parachute or miniairplane ride above the city.
How you doing booking the plane? I worked on it for hours yesterday, it is brutal. I finally settled on Munich as the change point. Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Munich and then Ekaterinburg. A brutal 23 hours plus. Coming back not so bad I get to stay in a hotel in Munich overnight. That seems to be turning into another problem.
Regarding the visa, my lady is saying that she will write the invitation letter. Is that ok? Or does it have to be a hotel or something like Russia-visa.com?
I have done some checking and an apartment is definitely the best way to go. About $50 per night.
Here is a neat site with a lot of information
http://webcam.fondmira.ru/ Apparently it is the opera house.
If there is a list of things to do there I would like it too. I would very much like to have some idea of what we will do. I would hate to feel lost and reliant on her to provide a lead. I really would like to be a little more knowledgable before I go. The church built where the Romanovs were murdered is all very interesting but that will only take about 1 or 2 hours. It is hardly the Vatican or St. Pauls. LOL.
Izi - I am flying from Phialdelphia to Frankfurt to Ekaterienburg, on Lufthansa. It so happens that I can use frequent flyer miles for it, 50,000 - so it's not too bad, about 70 $ in taxes. I think you mentioned you live in Florida, I imagine you can fly from Miami to Frankfurt and then on to Ekaterinburg, should save you some time. You are right though that it is a grueling trip, and then I'll have to ride anoth 5 hours on the Transsib to Kurgan.
As for visa, I understand that with an invitation from her you should be fine as well. Since we are planning on staying in Ekaterinburg first I am hoping to get that from a hotel rather than her, see my above comments.
Believe it or not if I want to go to Frankfurt I have to fly to DFW first. I have to go west to go east. I am still working on it. The reason I am being picky is I want to use my American Airlines frequent flyer miles. They won't allow them to be used to fly to Russia. Europe is fine but not Russia or Ukraine. Nuts but true! Therefore I have to split the journey in 2 rather than just using Orbitz or something similar. I also REALLY don't want to go through Moscow. You have to change terminals and from what I have read here that is daunting for the 1st time. What I really want to do is split the journey and sleep, shower and change before boarding to continue to Ekaterinburg. I don't want to arrive looking like I've been on a 2 day bender. I'd like to look fairly concious and alert. Ural Airlines seems to be the cheapest from Europe to Ekaterinburg. I don't know what British Airways are thinking of with the price they are charging. Let me know if you come up with anything else.