An extensive beginners guide to Moscow

Hello dear readers, in this post, which will be a bit longer than the usual ones, I want to give you insights, what you can do, when you travel the first time to Moscow, which transport options there are etc.; simply everything you need to know to make you stay in the city as pleasant as possible.


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Maslenitsa: A Russian celebration

Dear readers,

today I want to tell you a bit more about Maslenitsa, which will take place this year between 20th and 26th of February. It is a traditional celebration at the end of the winter and 8 weeks before the Russian Orthodox Easter celebrations.

The term Maslenitsa comes from Masla ( масло ) and means butter week. During this week, people who take part usually eat the traditional Blinis, or pancakes, made out of butter, milk and flour.

I already took part in the celebrations several times, and next to families, who eat together the blinis at home, there are also a lot of festivals all over Moscow going on and are well worth a visit.


Boris Kustodiev [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons