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Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

Jasper,IN
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Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

I live in the USA and I am going to Omsk for the first half of May 2005. I will be staying with someone and I am certain we will also be visiting thier family on occation. (mom dad grandparent ...) I know it is custom to bring gifts but do not know what the would most enjoy and/or expect. Any Ideas? or other travel advice? I will also be there for Victory Day celebration... any advice or insight about proper manners for this? Jasper

Lumberton, NC
2 posts
1. Re: Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

Hello,

I am planning on traveling to Omsk in September or October. I have never travelled overseas, so I am at a loss as to where to begin. Can you give me any suggestions or ideas. I am visiting a friend that lives about 120km from Omsk in Nazivaevsk. We hope to meet in Omsk. Any info you can provide will be welcome. Thank you

AJA

Lumberton, NC
2 posts
2. Re: Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

Hello,

I am planning on traveling to Omsk in September or October. I have never travelled overseas, so I am at a loss as to where to begin. Can you give me any suggestions or ideas. I am visiting a friend that lives about 120km from Omsk in Nazivaevsk. We hope to meet in Omsk. Any info you can provide will be welcome. Thank you

AJA

Washington DC...
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3. Re: Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

Hey Ajanc - You're travelling abroad for the first time and it's to Omsk?? That's really unusual. Well, I've been to Omsk -- just for a couple days while travelling on the Trans-Siberian RR, but I did enjoy the brief time I was there. It seemed like a fairly typical Russian city. There are some lovely churches and old houses that are close to crumbling, but still charming nonetheless. The main shopping area had some nice western stores as well as fresh produce being sold on the street. A nice mix of modern and old-fashioned way of life. I don't know this other town where your friend lives, but it sounds like it may be pretty remote and isolated. So what an adventure for you! Best of luck with your travels!

Atlanta
1 post
4. Re: Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

Marywhotravels?what were you doing in Omsk? You Know what Ordinary American cities are no way better than Omsk!

it's very nice city

Bedworth. England
2 posts
5. Re: Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

Ajanc. Have stayed im Omsk for a week at a time. It is a lovely city, very unlike Moscow - it is "real" Russia. The city is a nice mix of both old and new. I was nearly put off all together at the beginning when arriving at Omsk Airport at 4 in the morning to have to wait outside the baggage hall in minus 26 temperature for one hour until the baggage hall opened. I stayed at the Hotel Irtush - by Russian standards fairly expensive but by U.S. standards fairly basic - but most Russian hotels are!! The City has a number of good attractions - a top class circus; zoo; internationally famed ice hockey team; an excellant Regional History museum and a good art museum. There are two theatres the Drama in a fabalous old building and the newish Musical theatre. Then if you are so interested an annual international arms fair!! Shops range from the russian traditional style to modern European designers on Lenin street.

Restaurants range from Japanese Sushi!! to traditional Russian - but Russian cookery is not the most inspiring in the world. Traditional bakeries and russian fast food places can easily be found for a snack. The Railway Station is only about a 10 minute bus ride form the town centre - should you wish to travel on the Trans Siberian or any other. If your itinerary allows try to get in an overnight train journey. Although the system seems to be computerised, only expect to be able to book a sleeper on the day of travel - forget about time zones - the train travels on Moscow and not Omsk time. Omsk centre is attractive, but it is only a small town. It is known as a "garden city" as it is so green, but the outskirts are full of heavy industry and smog can be a problem. Unlike Moscow very few in Omsk speak English so use your friend.Until fairly recently it was a "closed" city to outsiders. Be aware when visiting Museums and some other places you will as a foreigner be charged more than a native. Russians are most hospitable. If you are asked to visit a home, the family will have worked hard to make sure that their table groans with food - often all they have. Vodka will flow, to many toasts. A good present is always flowers and or food- cakes, chocolates. Omsk is "real" Russia with a nice mix of traditional and new - but also wealth and relative poverty. To feel real Russian get your friend to take you somewhere on a private mini-bus that you can get on any street and get involved in passing the fares back and forth. I fel you are fairly brave on your first vist abroad to tackle Omsk - buy it is not Central America or Central Africa. It is both safe and pleasant. Enjoy.

A nice Web Site is Omsk Today and before you go try to check the weather temperature.

Last visited Omsk in 2004

LA
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6. Re: Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

For gifts bring chocolates, they love chocolate. So bring some american chocolates but not snickers, or hersheys. More of the botique specialty kind, See's Candies, Godiva, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factories, those kind they are a real hit especially with the women, for the men a good old american liquor or tequila. But be ready to drink with them and finish it off.

Bedworth. England
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7. Re: Gifts for Russian host while visiting.

ANJANK. sorry if this is late and you have already travelled. Nazivaevsk is in Northern Omska Oblast, yes just over 100km away from Omsk. Frequent buses go between the two places anthat take about 4 hours - also the train - stops there - you could use the Big Red the Trans Siberian to its little station.

To Omsk you can fly via Moscow or to Ekareinberg and then train to Omsk.

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