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An Introduction to Skating in Russia

by Kathie Fry

Inline Skating in St. Petersburg
Cone Skaters in front of the Hermitage Museum
Palace Square in Historic St. Petersburg
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More of This Article
1. Introduction
2. Moscow
3. St. Petersburg
4. Pushkin
5. Peterhof
6. Novgorod
7. Kotlin Dikes
8. Sosnovy Bor
9. More Information
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Moscow
St. Petersburg
Pushkin
Peterhof
Novgorod
Kotlin Dikes
Sosnovy Bor
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Me Skating in Moscow
My Fall in St. Petersburg

When I told my friends I was planning a skating holiday in Russia, they all had one question... WHY? They said things like "Won't the streets be in terrible condition?" and "Aren't you worried abut street crime and the Russian Mafia?". After skating in Russia two years in a row, and spending many hours with the friendly skaters of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Pushkin and Novgorod, I can tell you, without reservation, that Russia is one of the most exciting and unique skating destinations in the world.

Why Skate in Russia?
Russian cities have many beautiful, historic and exotic sights, and most of them can be seen on skates. Russia also has a growing inline skating community that is eager to share the joys and pleasures of skating in Russia with the rest of the world. Even the law enforcement authorities in Russia are friendly to skaters, as long as you don't do anything overtly dangerous.

Getting Around in Russia
It is very possible to rent a car in Russia, but I have never found it necessary to do so. You can skate almost anywhere you need to go, and when distances are too far to skate, you can always take a subway, bus, or train. When all else fails, you can hire a taxi, but for me that was rarely necessary. If you need to travel between Moscow and St. Petersburg you can take a domestic flight, but I always enjoy taking the overnight train between those two cities.

You can skate right onto most trains and buses in Russia, but one place you will never be permitted to skate is inside the underground subway (Metro) system. You must remove your skates before you enter any Russian subway station. The subways can be intimidating at first, if you are not familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet, but I discovered a trick that makes navigating Russian subway systems a piece of cake: purchase two subway maps, one in Russian, and one in English or your native language. You will need both of them - trust me!

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More of This Article
Part 1: About Skating in Russia
Part 2: Skating the Streets of Moscow
Part 3: Skating St. Petersburg
Part 4: A Day of Skating in Pushkin
Part 5: Skaters Visiting a Palace at Peterhof
Part 6: Skating Novgorod Kremlin and River Trail
Part 7: Skating the Dikes of Kotlin Island
Part 8: Sosnovy Bor Biathlon Loop Trail



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