Can I buy a local SIM card?
Yes, you can buy prepaid SIM cards everywhere.
Why are bridges raised every night in St. Petersburg?
To allow passage for cargo boats on their way to Moscow or the Volga region. From the beginning of May until mid-November, all bridges over the Neva are raised from about 1.30am until 5am.
Should I be afraid of the Russian Mafia?
The answer is a definite “no”. The organised criminal structures (which do exist) are not interested in foreign visitors. If you do not get involved in illegal activities, you will be just as safe as in any other European metropolis.
Can I walk alone at night?
We don’t recommend it. Take a taxi!
Does Vodka in the evening guarantee a hangover next day?
No, as long as you don’t mix it with other alcoholic drinks. Never ever drink beer after vodka!