The time has finally arrived!! I'm leaving Sunday August 6th for Moscow. I made a post a few months ago and said I would probably be terrified by now but I'm not. I'm excited! A little nervous but more excited. I read the forum here almost daily and gathered a lot of information that I will take with me. Thank you all! :)
I would like to share one thing with everyone. This is something that I never saw on the forum. It has probably been posted before and I missed it. When you go to Russia you have to have NEW MONEY! They will not accept money that is worn or even creased. I have been scrambling all week to get my bills exchanged. It's not as easy as you would think.
If anyone has any last minute advice I have two days before I leave, but I think I am well prepared.
We are going to spend the day in Moscow looking at the city then take a train to Saint Petersburg and spend 10 days there. I reserved a nice apartment about a 10 minute walk from the Hermitage.
I think I'm going to have one hell of a good time!
I will definitely tell you all about it when I return on the 18th!
I think it depends on where you go. When I was in Moscow, I stayed at the Radisson, which was little different from staying at a Radisson at home (except the price) They had exchange services just off the lobby, the exchange rate was competitive and they took any US currency, any condition and any denomination.