max, i am not saying that it is true, i say what fiance.com offered and they talked about location, where i wanted it and still it was cheaper. I was very surprized myself so i am not disagreeing with you. But I have been offered and apartment for 85USD per night and it was not centre but not far from it so I was told. I have a friend in moscow who will cheack the location before i pay so that will be a big help. And please call be ID. My name started as a joke but i just never bothered to cahnge it as most know me by it
For me, the choice of Ukraine had to do with practicality. I knew eventually I would have to take my five-year-old son and I did not relish taking him on a 20 hour jaunt to Siberia to a town that may or may not be able to handle a medical emergency of a young one. Ukraine offered enough westernization to make it relatively safe almost anywhere in the country, but not so western as to make me feel like I never left home.
Russia does offer Moscow, St Petes and a few others, but I didn't want a big city girl, if she wasn't going to be living in the big city here.
It worked for me, but may not necessarily work for you.
Being an idiot is relative, at least my relatives.
Thatís NZ$$ Plus I am including stop overs in Asia etc. Plus I like to stay in the best locations possible.
I would have spent approx 5knz on my 1st lady (not $1 before I met her) on Visa - Passports medicals - travel -n English lessons - communications - Computer etc So that was dead ended up been dead money.
So that figure is not ALL directly on FSU women. I had a total of 2 months looking around parts of Ukraine and Russia as well. I don't regret $1 of it.
Remember too, travelling to FSU from New Zealand is a lot more costly than America !!
I am about to go again for 2 months and this trip will probably be less than 10KNZ for the entire trip. Accommodation will be less than 1K, so that makes a huge difference.