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Things you need to know before travelling to Russia

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Spanning nearly two continents, Russia is a nation full of surprises and wonders. Ensure you find something that interests you, be it; for instance, European Russia, the far east, or the Urals. There is an extraordinary world in Moscow, yet serious you want in Siberian hamlets.

The simplicity of the Soviet tower tends to block contrasts with the whimsical grandeur of the Winter Palace, whereas the Snow Mountains seem worlds away from the turquoise sea which saddles the alluring beach resort of Sochi. Russia is the biggest nation globally; it is an endless rewarding place to travel; ensure that you come back from this country with love.

Check if you need a visa.

Citizens from most countries outside the former Soviet Union will be required to apply for a visa before arrival. The application process is relatively straightforward, but an invitation from a Russian citizen or licensed tourism operator is required.

Russia is planning to launch a new Russian evisa 2021, which will become available to citizens from over 50 countries worldwide, making Russia significantly more accessible to international tourism. Although not all details have been revealed yet, they are expected to grant entry into the various Russian cities allowing for a more extended stay in the country, and it is known that they will involve the payment of the application fee.

Getting around Russia

The easiest and the best way to get around st. Petersburg and Moscow is the metro. It is the most extensive urban metro system globally, and it is easy to navigate if you pay attention. Most announcements and signs from stations are in Russian; therefore, it is not always easy to tell which station you are at. Fortunately, the Moscow metro route planner, an app that is easy to use and can track you as you move, telling you which station you were and when to get off.

Besides, during peak times, the metro station turns into pure chaos of one enormous Russian hurry. Ensure that you stay the right and out of people's way while you navigate the station, and you will make it out alive.

Etiquette and local customs

Respect is paramount here in Russia. Most local residents don't understand the gently mocking sense of humor you might be used to back in your home. Besides, don't put your hands in your pockets in Lenin mausoleum and churches, and try to adopt a soberer tone to your voice; keep it low and respectful at all times.

Besides, the elderly people are remarkably respected in Russian society; therefore, expect to have a little headscarved grandmother push in front of you in a queue or demand your seat on the metro. To be on the safe side, go with it because no one will take your side in that argument.

Exchange your cash in advance

It is recommended not to enter Russia without cash in hand. This country is gradually making the transition from cash to cards, and credits are generally accepted, but you don't know the exchange rate and if Russian banks will accept your cards.

Besides, public transport is also paid for with cash and some taxis do not accept cards. Tipping is common in most restaurants, which is done commonly by cash after paying the bill. To avoid difficulties, ensure that you exchange your local currency for roubles in advance to get better rates and have it ready before traveling.

Russia is safe

Traveling to Russia is safe as visiting any other country in Europe. Pretty crimes like pickpocketing are expected, which is no different from any other country, but there are no violent crimes. Exercise due caution in crowded areas and be careful not to get scammed in the tourist traps are the most significant things not to forget. If anything happens to you, hotels can help reach to the police or the embassies in case you lose your passport.

Foods in Russia

In the big cities, you will find every kind of food you expect elsewhere in the world. But it is not harmful to taste the traditional dishes of that place. Yolki-palki, a known restaurant chain found across Russia, serves affordable, delicious, and traditional Russian snacks. Here, you can try the vinaigrette salads, okroshka soup, and pulmeni. If you need something to drink, you can ask for kvass and kissel.

 

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Abhirup Banerjee is an experienced content writer. He is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where he shares his valuable travel tips with the audience.

 

 

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Will mobile gaming continue to thrive in 2021?

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Mobile phone gaming has never been so good. The games now on offer are more advanced than ever before, as are the phones we’re able to play them on. As a result, a large part of the world’s population is putting more energy into gaming on their mobile phone devices than ever before.

Many experts and gaming fans didn’t think mobile gaming would stand the test of time, particularly with the newly released Playstation 5 coming out. Surely the more sophisticated and graphically advanced games that a console of that type can host appeals more than playing a smartphone game with clear and obvious limitations? Apparently not. In fact, mobile gaming looks like it is very much here to not only survive but also thrive in 2021 and beyond.

Of course, for some, mobile gaming is simply incomparable to console gaming of any kind. In contrast, for others, the realisation that mobile phone gaming is here to stay is becoming a very real one. But why is this? Why is mobile gaming expected to kick on further in 2021? Here are a few reasons as to why.

Gaming on the go

Virtually everyone on the planet has a mobile phone these days, therefore opening up an array of entertainment possibilities in the process. Gaming on a phone is one of them as you have access to a comprehensive selection of games within a matter of seconds. The games on offer are diverse too, from the likes of blackjack online at https://www.mansioncasino.com/uk/ to brain teaser creations, coupled with more graphically advanced games like Fortnite PUBG Mobile. Then there’s augmented reality releases like Pokemon Go, too. These are the type of games which can be picked up and put down with ease. Console gaming, on the other hand, requires much more of a commitment. The games are generally a lot tougher, which, as a result, could put casual gamers off. Mobile games can be enjoyed on the go, while on the bus or on your lunch break. There’s a mobile phone game for an array of audiences too, opening gaming on a phone up to the masses.

Console-quality titles

Thanks to the continued advancements made with our mobile phone devices, the games we now have at our disposal are better than ever. Gaming options of old used to be with the likes of Tetris and Snake; now we’re inundated with releases on a weekly basis as games developers look to crack what is a humongous market. So much so, in fact, that many games companies make sure they release the mobile version of games simultaneously with the PC and console versions of games, once again highlighting the influence mobile phone gaming has had on the overall gaming landscape. On top of this, the gaming experience on a mobile device has improved dramatically also, with joysticks and VR headsets being used to help get the best out of specific mobile creations.

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Cheap and free games

Console gaming isn’t cheap. When you factor in the cost of a console before even adding up the cost of purchasing a few games to go with it, it could be argued that it’s extortionate. In fact, many people have strayed away from console gaming for this very reason, especially when they realise they can get their gaming fix from their smartphone. All you need is access to Appstore or Google Play, and you’re good to go, with the option of trying out a whole host of creations without spending any money at all. Most mobile games are either cheap or completely free, therefore making them accessible to all.

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London businesses call for swift action to safeguard Eurostar's future

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London’s business leaders have written to the government asking it to ensure that the green gateway to Europe is safeguarded. A copy of the letter is published below.

 

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The best of 5G is yet to come  

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Executives from leading mobile operators have urged consumers to be patient with 5G, explaining more advanced capabilities and use cases will become available as the technology evolves.

Speaking at the recent industry conference CES 2021, Drew Blackard, VP of product management at Samsung Electronics America (SEA), told a panel that many current services including video streaming are merely “better on 5G”.

But he added more advanced “only-on-5G experiences” will become mainstream “more and more as the infrastructure develops” and the technology becomes more widely used.

Blackard noted SEA had “done a lot of development with partners to build out what these can look like”, pointing to a collaboration with AT&T to offer AR experiences for sports fans.

Ice Mobility chairman and co-founder Denise Gibson added “there is an element of patience” to realising 5G’s potential.

She said 5G “is a platform that will evolve”, explaining “it’s not solely about” geographic reach, but also provision of advanced capabilities and services on networks and devices.

Blackard added “partnerships are obviously essential”, noting 5G required “a group, an industry to bring that forward. It’s not a single player that can do that”.

Commenting on the issue Abraham Lui, Huawei's Chief Representative to the EU Institutions,  said  "In Europe, the best of 5G is yet to come. As 5G deployment gathers pace across the continent, users will appreciate the benefits of this game-changing technology in the near future".

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