1. Alway pack an umbrella and water-proof shoes!
2. Many, many people do not speak English.
3. Kids are beautiful whatever country you are in.
4. McDonald’s is everywhere on the planet.
5. Hair do’s and shoe styles are not universal.
6. Always pack tons of soap, shampoo and mosquito repellent….
7. Russian school girls on vacation in a hostel stay up very, very late…
8. Mystery Meat is a common staple in Russia and served in all restaurants.
9. When in doubt… smiling seems to work the best.
10. Russians seem tough at first but are really softies and super kind hearted with wicked senses of humor!