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We are moving to St Petersburg at the end of November to take up a new assignment. Is there anyone out there who is living there or knows anything about life in St Pete's.
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Don't drink the water - no really - dont!!
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http://expat.ru/ is your friend!
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We are moving to St Petersburg at the end of November to take up a new assignment. Is there anyone out there who is living there or knows anything about life in St Pete's.
Was there many years ago for a 6 month period so know the city quite well. Impressive historic area but like most Russian cities grey endless blocks of flats everywhere. Like somebody said don`t drink the water, also don`t bathe in lakes in the summer and don`t buy meat and vegetables from Russian supermarkets, the stuff is radioactive

Also get private medical coverage there because if you go into a state hospital the chances of coming out again are remote

Also avoid crossfires when the local mafias starting shooting at each other
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Was there many years ago for a 6 month period so know the city quite well. Impressive historic area but like most Russian cities grey endless blocks of flats everywhere. Like somebody said don`t drink the water ... also get private medical coverage there because if you go into a state hospital the chances of coming out again are remote

Also avoid crossfires when the local mafias starting shooting at each other
You make it sound like Manchester!

The organized crime aspect is overblown, at least to the average resident. Despite the (1990s) image, casual bystanders are at minimal risk from organized criminal activity. Violence is typically used only after extended commercial/criminal disputes, and "civilians" don't tend to get caught up in it. St Pete has muggings, of course, but so does everywhere.

Radioactivity in foods tends to be restricted to specific "home collected" produce: http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2002/A...cow12sep02.htm Your health will suffer more from not eating vegetables or by paying for supposedly pristine, supposedly important fruit+veg!
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Originally Posted by Bijilo123
Don't drink the water - no really - dont!!
Yes well we have just spent 18 months in the Middle East so we know about not drinking the water
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You make it sound like Manchester!

The organized crime aspect is overblown, at least to the average resident. Despite the (1990s) image, casual bystanders are at minimal risk from organized criminal activity. Violence is typically used only after extended commercial/criminal disputes, and "civilians" don't tend to get caught up in it. St Pete has muggings, of course, but so does everywhere.

Radioactivity in foods tends to be restricted to specific "home collected" produce: http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2002/A...cow12sep02.htm Your health will suffer more from not eating vegetables or by paying for supposedly pristine, supposedly important fruit+veg!
jajajaja its just my exagerated idea on Russian life. Yes the average Russian or tourist is largely at no risk from organized crime there so as long as you don`t get involved in organised crime there or you are an obvious target then no problem.

As for the food well went to a couple of Russian supermarkets and one look at some of the meat and veg was enough to convince me not to touch it. At least the foriegn supermarkets there German and Finnish had imported stuff, but all this is just a subjective opinion anyway.
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I live here and I have done so for a few years now. It's not a bad place to live, there are worse...

St Petersburg is not crime ridden as people say. I would advise to use the the same amount of caution you would use in any other city in the world. You do not get the shoot outs I hear about that were happening in the early 90's. It's pretty much normal here.

I would not say that life perfect here, hardly, but it's okay.

There are now huge supermarkets ebverywhere, you can get imported fruit and veg, meat, well known brands, it's all okay, really!

We are also close by to Finland (Helsinki) and people drive there from St Pete or get the train.
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I live here and I have done so for a few years now. It's not a bad place to live, there are worse...

St Petersburg is not crime ridden as people say. I would advise to use the the same amount of caution you would use in any other city in the world. You do not get the shoot outs I hear about that were happening in the early 90's. It's pretty much normal here.

I would not say that life perfect here, hardly, but it's okay.

There are now huge supermarkets ebverywhere, you can get imported fruit and veg, meat, well known brands, it's all okay, really!

We are also close by to Finland (Helsinki) and people drive there from St Pete or get the train.
I am sure plenty of drunk Finns make this trip as well.

Where do you live in St Petersburg as I have a reasonable knowledge of the city?
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I am sure plenty of drunk Finns make this trip as well.

Where do you live in St Petersburg as I have a reasonable knowledge of the city?
In the centre
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In the centre
Well you live in the best part that`s for certain.
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Close to Nevsky, Hermitage and all that... Are you living here now?
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Close to Nevsky, Hermitage and all that... Are you living here now?
No, I was there several years ago studying and briefly working.
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Originally Posted by Jules Europe
Was there many years ago for a 6 month period so know the city quite well. Impressive historic area but like most Russian cities grey endless blocks of flats everywhere. Like somebody said don`t drink the water, also don`t bathe in lakes in the summer and don`t buy meat and vegetables from Russian supermarkets, the stuff is radioactive

Also get private medical coverage there because if you go into a state hospital the chances of coming out again are remote

Also avoid crossfires when the local mafias starting shooting at each other
Gosh Im glad I came across this thread. We are going to russia in may starting in st. petes, novgorod and moscow. Thanks for the advice, as we were planning on doing "picnics"....
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Originally Posted by Muggle
I live here and I have done so for a few years now. It's not a bad place to live, there are worse...

St Petersburg is not crime ridden as people say. I would advise to use the the same amount of caution you would use in any other city in the world. You do not get the shoot outs I hear about that were happening in the early 90's. It's pretty much normal here.

I would not say that life perfect here, hardly, but it's okay.

There are now huge supermarkets ebverywhere, you can get imported fruit and veg, meat, well known brands, it's all okay, really!

We are also close by to Finland (Helsinki) and people drive there from St Pete or get the train.
So its ok to buy imported fruit and veges, meat to eat then?
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