In a couple weeks I’ll be in one of the most amazing places in the world, Moscow. This will be my first time there, so I’m hoping for some travel tips for those of you who have been there (recent missionaries, tourists, businessmen, spies, etc.).
I don’t know any Russian, apart from a few standard greetings that a Russian friend taught me: “Я шпиона” (Ya shpiona – apparently useful to break the ice with Russian customs officers at the airport) and a “Пожалуйста, мой арест – Я вор” (Pozhalooysta, moy aryest – Ya vor – a more formal greeting best used with authority figures). Other than that, I’m pretty inexperienced when it comes to life in Russia, so I’d appreciate any thoughts you have. I’m going to be meeting a large group of scientists and exploring opportunities to make connections with Western markets to commercialize some of their many inventions looking for peaceful applications and new homes. (Our contract with Russia is now a public story in several places, including Market Place Magazine – go to the bottom of that page.) Would appreciate any guidance you can give me.
Do they have alcohol-free vodka?
And what are good ideas for gifts? I’ll want to bring gifts for about 20 people, so they can’t be too large.
And how about the Church? I might be able to be there on Sunday – would love to attend a meeting.